We’ve arrived!

February 17, 2012

Well, we have arrived in Beijing after many, many, many, many… hours of traveling.  With the time change, it feels as though we have been traveling for 48 hours.  Needless to say, we were all extremely excited to get off the plane and we enjoyed our view of a neon-lit Beijing.  Our first dinner was arranged by our two senior guides, Christina Xiang and Jason Huang, together with Martha Whittington and the kids enjoyed their first authentic Chinese meal.  I was especially impressed by the number of kids who were willing to jump right in and taste unfamiliar food – we had a really fun meal with them tonight.  The menu included pork dumplings, spicy chicken and carrots, tofu in sauce, duck, and taro among other things.  The spicy beans and eggplant were the big hit at our table.  Since I am falling asleep as I type, I will let you see the rest of the day in pictures.  Tomorrow we are off to the Great Wall of China!!!

The waiting game

37 students, 36 bags... (last one coming tomorrow).

The first meal...Don't ask, just taste.

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5 Responses

  1. Avatar Monique Stewart says:

    Thanks so much for fighting sleep and providing this much anticipated update 🙂 So very glad to hear you guys arrived safely. It warmed my heart to see the picture of Lexi. The students appear to be in great spirits. How exciting!! Can’t wait to hear more….

  2. Avatar Laura Harding says:

    Thanks for the pics/updates! Poor Will? (almost looks like Jameson) looks exhausted. Enjoy your trip!

  3. Avatar Terry (Hunter's Mom) says:

    So happy that you all arrived safely!!

  4. Avatar Peter Higgins says:

    Wow! Thanks for all the hard work. We are really proud to be Gould parents and for Ben to have this experience and opportunity. We can’t wait to see more pictures along the way.

  5. Avatar Lorenzo says:

    Welcome to China, enjoy!

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