Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Touring, Dinner and Shopping - What's not to like?

We spent the morning touring - the Yellow River which is considered the cradle of Chinese civilization.  The world-famous bronze Galloping Horse's Hoof Stepped on a Flying Swallow, also named as Galloping Horse, is a treasure of Gansu Provincial Museum. Excavated in 1969 in Wuwei County, Gansu Province, the piece depicts a vigorous horse with long tail waving and head erect. Its three hooves are in the air, galloping like lightening. What makes this sculpture amazing is the right back hoof of this galloping horse lands on the back of a small flying bird. The bird turns in surprise to look at the big creature on its back. At the same moment, the horse's head also turns slightly in attempt to know what has happened. The whole statue is honored as the mysterious and rare treasure in the history of Chinese ancient sculpture art. Yea, we  have two.
We were going to go out for Hot Pot but instead  will save that for Guangzhou - but we had BETTER... Korean BBQ - OMG OMG OMG OMG - I have died and gone to BBQ heaven! What a delicious meal. Actually the noodles here at the hotel are amazing - the kids went nuts watching the noodle-man make the noodles (local dish is wheat noodles with mutton broth... not actually my idea of breakfast but it was delicious so - whatever) The dinner tonight was just the best... ate some things I never hear of and would eat again anyway - oh, I am going to steal room service menu again... how does Braised Donkey sound? or Squid with Duck Intestines.. I SWEAR that those two things are on the menu and there are others even more bizarre!
We ate at a lovely restaurant here and they were so nice coming in to put the meat on the brazier and then trim it with scissors... there were all manner of side dishes that were lovely meals themselves.  The kids enjoyed eating the bits of meat and vegetables very much.
I am feeling a little less overwhelmed today - but honestly traveling two little kids really is a bit like herding cats!! They neither of them really want to go the same way at the same time. I am not sure if that ever changes actually.  We are doing better... tonight the kids were able to eat as much as they liked and they were happy.  I sent DH back to hotel with kids and then went shopping for little bits for the party on Thursday. I also needed some other uh, necessities which also explains my utter lack of emotional stability... LOL Not that there is anything wrong with that! We are on our own tomorrow - the other families will go to their orphanage city and we will stay behind. I think the kids will benefit from a quiet day - and DH has promised to see if the pool is a possibility and I am booking a massage and manicure!! Whoooopeee!
I think we will venture out to local coffee shop (right next to hotel) and have some amazing chicken fried rice (believe me this is not your local take-out's chicken fried rice!)

Local Nanny Clothing police: 100 Mom of the year: 0 - oh well!
Zai Jian for Now


Anonymous said...

We are so thrilled for you and send hugs and love from all of us at the office!!!! We can't wait to see you all and hear all of the rest of the stories. Please know you have our support and good wishes from across the miles. Take advantage of that massage mommy!!!! Miss you lots,
Chris, Anne, Jean, Tony, Alexis, Lanna, Khristel, Yira and Atyah

LaLa said...

Yeah, the clothing police got us a few times too. If they could only see us now with Annslee running around in only undies most of the time LOL

Looks like you are having a great time. We miss the food..YUM!!

Michele said...

That about sums it up...two of everything and two kids always going in opposite directions. Yep, that's my life. Welcome to the ranks LOL. Glad things are going so well.
Love ya and can't wait to see you!
Michele, Emily and Alyssa

Mei Mei Journal said...

I just found your blog and have to comment that your little guy is the cutest!
I empathize with you. We recently brought our almost three yo to adopt our almost 2 yo and I was feeling very overwhelmed in China.
It was exhausting trying to keep the two little ones happy while living in a hotel.
Things will be better when you get Guangzhou and much better when you get home.

ReelMom said...

Hey Sissy...Good news from home. Trev got his yellow belt tonight! Hope you had a good night's sleep, and have some fun today. Sissy

David and Lisa said...

Glad to hear things are better. EBB is adorable!!!! Try and have fun!
Lisa, Dave, Jordyn and Zoe

Anonymous said...

NiHao my friends,

Nice... the first time you probably were getting some decent rest, and I had to go and call you and wake you! :0 I'm so sorry, but I'll try you again (NY am time, so it will be early evening by you!)

I just wanted to check on all of you and chat. Sending you all big hugs and you deserve that massage! Go for it Mommy of Two!

Love, Kristen

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