Today we visited the Beijing Zoo. The highlight of course was seeing the several pandas! While most were sleeping, we did see a few of them up and about.
After the zoo trip we had 30 minutes to grab a bite to eat before we headed out to an early acrobatics show. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! What those people are able to do was incredible. We were not allowed to videotape or take pictures so sorry, we can’t share, but the visuals are inked in our memories for a very long time.
Since this is a short entry, I figured I’d share a few funny things that have happened over our time here that we have not mentioned yet. Some of the places we have visited in China will never be the same since we were here, in particular the Civil Affairs Office where we got Li Lin and where the adoption was officially authorized the following day. As Sara and the kids were fawning over a new and fairly receptive (at the time) Li Lin I had to sign an Agreement of Guardianship. There were several couches and tables around. I was standing next to a table so I sat on the corner to sign the paperwork. One of the kids brought me one of our bags, and so I placed it beside me on the table as I slid towards the middle of the table to complete the paperwork. Nearly done, I heard a loud ‘crack’ and I found myself sitting IN the table. The glass top of the table was broken in half! Luckily they were more concerned for my well being than for the table. We did notice the 2 following trips that the table was still there, without the glass top!
Not to be outdone, the following day, we were swimming in our hotel in Wuhan. Sara comes out of the change room with the shower curtain and bar that she had angrily pulled off the wall! (Ok, so yeah, anyone who knows Sara knows that she would not angrily do anything of the sort!) Rather, when she hung a towel on the curtain rod, the rod (which was attached with glue) and the curtain fell into her hands.
One thing we have been doing here is some of our own laundry in the tub. We thought of sending some out to get done, but it costs 10 yuan (about $1.60) for a pair of underwear. Shirts are about 25 yuan ($4.00). So hand-wash and hang to dry it is! In Wuhan, the air was so humid that none of the clothes dried properly throughout the week.
Every once in a while in our travels we get random strangers asking to take pictures with us. I think the novelty is Sara with her lighter coloured hair as well as the kids. I am sure that if I was travelling by myself, no one would be interested in taking their picture with me. Today, we had a man asking to take his picture with us. The thing is, he had no camera and he wanted us to use ours. So here is the picture of the rest of my family with a couple of random men.