Day 4 in China has come to an end. We left the hotel at 9:00 a.m. and didn’t return until almost six…we are beat!
Here are some general observations I had today…
Observations about Beijing:
1. It’s very clean. The streets are clean, the subways are really clean…everything is just clean.
2. The people are very friendly and helpful.
3. Everything is in English. The menus are in English, the subway signs and announcer lady speak in English, the road signs are in English…lots of English.
4. It’s very pretty here. I hear there is a lot of air pollution in the summer months but right now, blue, blue sky and no pollution is visible to the naked eye.
Observations about myself:
1. It’s a shame all of my jeans are the “skinny jean” style…layering thermal pants under skinny jeans is ridiculous. I feel like a stuffed sausage. That being said…it’s too dang cold not to wear thermal pants, so I shall stuff myself into them every day.
2. When it’s cold outside, I apparently don’t take very many pictures. My fingers are frozen and it just seems like too much work to take a picture if that means removing my gloves.
3. My toes will most likely fall off at some point tonight. I’m almost certain I have frostbite. I traded my wool socks for some cute plaid J Crew ones today and that was most certainly stupid.
One last thing…today, January 1st, is my Grandmother’s birthday. I love you Grandmother! I wish we could have all been there to celebrate with you today!! XOXO
And now, our day…
We kicked off our New Year’s Day with breakfast before heading out. I love this girl so much!!
Hotel mirror selfie before leaving :).
Our first stop today was the Forbidden City. It was a two hour walk and tour…and I’m really sure right now, I could ace any test on ancient Chinese emperors…we learned a lot today!
Ha! Us again. It’s very cold…but very bright ;).
We’re about to enter the Forbidden City. My kids LOVED learning about the stuff that used to go on here (at one time, they had an emperor that was only 3 years old…my kids loved that!). However, my kids did not enjoy taking pictures in the bright sun.
I’m pretty sure all of our eyes are closed in this picture…so don’t look at us. Look at the people behind us skating on the frozen pond. They were so much fun to watch! Right before we walked this part of town, we ate a very authentic lunch at a local restaurant. We waited an hour for a table but it was very good and worth the wait.
Smith found himself a Snickers bar and was in heaven. I’ve never seen someone so happy to see a candy bar.
We ended our day by seeing a Chinese Acrobatic Show…listen, you have not lived until you’ve seen a real live Chinese Acrobatic Show. It was mind blowing. Mind. Blowing. My kids loved it and to be honest, Andrew and I were totally into it too!
Whew! I’m tired. It’s 4:23 a.m. at home now…in 7 minutes, I’m supposed to be waking up and starting my day but instead…I’m ending it. We’re all curled up in our hotel room playing on iPads and computers relaxing after our day.
One last thing…I need to give major credit to Kensington and Smith. Here’s the thing, sometimes taking those two to Target can have me begging for a strong cocktail and a nap…they can wear me out sometimes. That being said, they have been such troopers over the last four days. We were outside all.day.long today and it was COLD and we walked FOREVER and they never once complained. Not once. They were so good and I am incredibly proud of them.
Off to sleep now. Three more sleeps until we get Ashby. I am soooooo ready!!!
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