Monday, May 10, 2010

We're in China!

We made it safely last night (or your early morning). Jennifer and Kenny were there to greet us at the airport with excited faces and open arms. It was wonderful to see friendly American faces. We really didn't have any problems. We left DFW and flew to Minneapolis, we had about 20 minutes before our next flight left for Tokyo. 12 Hours. Wow. Long time to be in one place. The food was actually pretty good, we had chicken and beef for dinner, a sandwich with grapes for a snack, then they served us breakfast at about 3am US time, 4pm China time. Breakfast was great with an omlet and fruit and potatoes, but as soon as we were finished, turbulance started as we decended for Tokyo. Needless to say we did not eat anything on the flight from Tokyo to Pu Dong. Sleep was not the easiest thing for either of us, we just couldn't get comfortable, but in all we might have gotten 3-4 hours. When we got to Pu Dong, we rode with Jennifer and Kenny in a taxi to their apartment. There wasn't a lot of traffic since it was about 10:30 at night and we were somewhat glad of that for our first Chinese Taxi ride. The apartment is adorable! Bright colors everywhere. Jennifer has already come up with a long list of things that we should see and do and we will be meeting some friends of theirs who work at the Un iveristy and want us to come help some. They currently have another group visiting them, so we will probably jump in with them. Jennifer has some girls that she hangs out with and wants me to meet. They are freshmen at the University and are very eager to meet more foreigners. Jennifer said she is the first foreign friend they have. It's so wierd to be considered the 'foreigner'. Daniel is very calm about our entire situation, but I'm quite nervous about the language barrier, what to say, who to talk to, where to go, pretty much everything about our trip. I guess I didn't have time to be nervous before we left and now it's all caught up with me. Jennifer and Kenny have left to go teach this morning and Daniel and I are going to walk around the town a little. We woke up at 5am here (4pm at home). It will be a long day. Love you all and thanks for thinking of us! Blessings!

Pictures to come as soon as we start taking some. :)

2 comments:

  1. Haha! I love the part about the taxi ride. Those were always...scary, but fun. The good thing is, if you have a map, you can point where you want to go to the driver...business cards are good for that too.

    Don't be nervous! The Chinese love foreigners! They will go out of their way to help you and will drop everything they're doing to show you around and talk with you. You guys are gonna have a blast! I'm so excited for you, and I'm glad that you made it safely.

    Love, Rita

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  2. P.S. The last time I went to China, we flew into the Pudong airport! And that airport was just on Amazing Race, how cool.

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