I am now home from a trip of a lifetime. As guests of the Chinese government, we were shown the best of China in a whirlwind tour that took us from Beijing, to Guillin, to Shanghai, and a couple of small towns in between. We walked The Great Wall, visited The Forbidden City, bicycled through the countryside, cruised the Li River, toured a silk factory, shopped Chinese markets, ate exotic foods...I could go on and on. The girls danced two big performances and participated in a few cultural exchanges with Chinese dance students. (A third performance was canceled because the nation was in mourning for the victims of the earthquake.) I won't bog down my blog with details of the trip. Instead, I will let my pictures do the talking. You know the saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words..."
The trip exceeded my expectations. I marvel at the creativity of God every time I visit a new place. There are so many unique and beautiful things to see in our world. It is still good to be home, though. I missed Mr. Handsome and the girls, for sure. I also missed seeing blue sky, brushing my teeth with tap water, and inhaling a fresh breath of air. China is so beautiful but struggling mightily with pollution. I hope they will recover their fresh air someday.
On a different note, thank you for the lovely comments you left while I was away. I don't know when, or if, I will find time to respond to all of them. I read each one with a smile, though. Thanks, again.
Glad to be home,
PS-- Absence really does make the heart grow fonder. Tinkerbell can't get enough of me. I guess all is forgiven. Whew!