My China trip was SO last month! But I'll try to muster some enthusiasm as I take you on a little photo tour...
First of all, I maintain that, since I've been to China 3 times now (and that's two too many in my opinion) the thing that was most fun about this trip was hanging with my traveling companions. And if that's the case, then I further maintain that we could have had the same amount of fun anywhere! Such as: the Bahamas, Cancun, or Tahiti, none of which I have ever visited and all of which are warm, sunny, and contain beaches. But my crazy friends wanted to go to China. And my crazy husband who goes there virtually every month also wanted to go there (go figure). So off we went. Here are some observations and experiences:
There are a lot of people in China:
One day we went to a mall to have suits, coats, etc. made by the tailor:
One day we had foot massages--okay, maybe two days -- and maybe a head massage once, as well:
One day we went to the Forbidden City and found that we are Forbidden to pick flowers (although it looks like somebody did anyway. I bet they lose their head for it!):
One day we found a 4 star squatter!:
Here is the International Squatter Symbol, should you ever need it:
Here is the 4 star squatter:
One day we were trying to find a head massage place in Beijing. The boys left us in one place while they braved the cold to see if they could find a better one (they didn't) and came back with these for us:
One day Laura got food poisoning! Poor Laura! Here she is, unsuspecting, with the evil pork and noodles:
One day Laura sprained her ankle on the Great Wall of China! Poor Laura! Here she is, unsuspecting, moments before. In this picture, I think she's saying, "Huh? What? I can't hear you! Did you say I'm about to spray my cankle? That's rude. I'm just going to hurry down these steps...":
One day Laura crashed head-on with a motorcyle! Poor Laura! Here she is, unsuspecting, and driving like a pro:
Here is Laura lying in the ditch after crashing and being thrown off the road and having the scooter land on her leg:
Here we are on our way home. Those are all our suitcases. We were a spectacle. That's Laura in the wheelchair:
There are many more observations and experiences, but I can only upload so many photos before my brain 'splodes and I smash my computer with a pipe wrench. I know it's not my computer's fault, but I can't smash Blogspot now can I?
We actually had a really great trip, for the most part. Laura says she only regrets a few seconds of it. I only regret most of the food. Other than that, it is a splendid place with interesting people and a fascinating culture.
China is a great place to visit, but I like America better.