Journey to Caitlin

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Beijing Day 2

Ni Hao from Beijing!

Today we travelled to the Jade Factory and the Great Wall of China. There were many beautiful pieces at the jade factory, but out of my price range for sure!!! Mao once said that you were not a great man until you climbed the Great Wall, so I guess we are now great! It was 38 degrees today, and very humid. Additionally, it was actually sunny! You hardly ever see sunshine here due to the is almost better that way - it is WAY too hot with the sun shining! The grandeur of the grat wall is beyond words - there is no way to describe the feeling of standing there looking at the centuries of history. We decided to take the trolley up and down - it would be way too grueling to walk the wall, and with my knees and Dad's toes, we thought that it would be best. Best idea we ever had - there is no way that we could have done it. The steps are very steep and very uneven....quite dangerous actually. Nannies were available today, and Dad and I decided that it was too hot and too long of a day for the baby girl, so we left her in the hotel room with a friend of Yulin's. She was great - she said that Caitlin is VERY clever - no surprise there! She certainly has come out of her shell - tons of smiles!!!! She is also maneuvering around the room like a maniac - walking holding on to the furniture and crawling like crazy. When we came back to the room after the trip, she was very glad to see us (whew!). We decided to eat in the hotel today - kind of expensive but well worth it - I had pasta and meat sauce, and dad got RIBS!!!! in addition to a lot of other great Canadian favourites (the Chinese food is getting a little old).

We did go for Peking Duck last night, and it was very good, along with some other dishes. Tonight we decided to have an early night - it was a really long day, and VERY hot!!!! I have sweated in places that I did not know I had sweat glands!!!!!

Goodnight from Beijing........


  • At 9:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Marie, Caitlin,and Don,
    Wonderful pictures! Glad you're seeing the sights and we'll be seeing the three of you soon, can't wait!
    Love Duncan and Norma

  • At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Congratulations Marie and Jason!

    I have been throughly enjoying reading Marie, Caitlin and Grampies adventures. It brings tears to my eyes to see how happy you are Marie. The pictures illustrate your everlasting love and devotion to this child of yours. It looks as though carrying herm, kissing, hugging her, and holding her will not be a problem for you. Capture every moment. Enjoy the country and the sites to see. Bring home lots of pictures.
    All the best and safe trip home. I wish you all the best.

    Shannon Foster

  • At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Marie, Caitlin and Uncle Don!
    Marie, we are so happy to hear that you've got your girl! She is too adorable. We're looking forward to meeting her and seeing you soon! Enjoy the rest of your trip and have a safe flight home!
    Jennica Johnston


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