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This was the last letter I wrote to my coworkers while here. Perhaps I will write a final FINAL one detailing my adventures in Xi’an after I get home. Tomorrow night we leave on the sleeper train. We may have internet access and will post again if our laptop doesn’t die on us. We return to Beijing for one night only and will be busy packing everything up (including the internet hardware). If we are not able to post again, I want to thank all of your for your letters of support, encouragement and smart ass comments. It has been quite the adventure. I do hope to post again before I leave, but I cannot guarantee it.
This weekend was my last here in Beijing. Friday night we leave for the week and will be in Xi’an returning to Beijing Thursday morning and leaving on a plane to fly home on Friday at mid day.
We have had a lot of fun here, and have made many friends. We want to thank all of you for your assistance and kindness while we have been here. Susanne and I hope to come back again some day to visit.
Thank you all for being the kind, friendly and helpful people that you are. We will miss you.
Oh, and if you see any pictures of my kids showing up on Chinese internet websites, please let me know :). I know that my children will miss many of you!
Our children are having a hard time understanding how much time passes before we leave home, so I used my fine art skills to produce a calendar to help them mark off the days.One of the things that I have always wanted to do was ride on a train. A very fast train. We do not have these in America and China has some of the fastest trains in the world. So this weekend we took the speed train from Beijing South train station to Tianjin.
We packed up the family and took the subway to the train station and were able to buy our tickets with the help of someone in the line who spoke a little English. We rode the train and I loved watching how fast we were going. A top speed of about 206 mph. It does not feel like you are going fast at all. Then we explored 古文化街 (Ancient Culture Street) in Tianjin. We did some shopping (the prices were very good) and the people were very kind. Fewer people asked for our children’s photographs so we were able to explore without being bothered much.
I even found shoes in my size. :)
We walked across the bridge on the 海河 (Hai River) and then took a cab back to the station and came home. It was a long and fun day. I think it is a very good place to recommend foreigners to visit. If we had more time I think we would have taken a ride on the very large ferris wheel over the river.
Saturday night the lightning and thunderstorms came. We sat on the patio outside and watched and listened to the sounds and sights of the night. It was awesome.Sunday was Mothers day. The children made cards for Susanne (drawings) and we took her to Starbucks for a coffee treat!We took the subway over to Sanlitun to eat at our favorite western style restaurant for her Mother’s Day Lunch…and it was good.
I ate a giant burger called the Montana with bacon, cheese, onion rings, BBQ sauce and lettuce and onion. It was HUGE!
And I finished it…. They had these very cool rubber drink coasters that we were considering sneaking home.Then we talked to the manager who was from Dallas Texas. He was a very nice man and he told us to just TAKE THEM. He said during the busy season that over 200 a week go missing. We felt a little bad taking them without buying some too. So … we did both!! :D
It was a good weekend.