Tuesday, January 27, 2009
China Recap and Coming Home...
Day two of our trip to China was amazing...we woke up and were met by our tour guide, Maggie, at our hotel @ 8:30 a.m. She was very knowledgeable and first took us to Ming's Tomb out by the Great Wall...we got a lot of neat pictures and were able to see the tribute paid to the Ming Dynasty. From there, we headed to the Great Wall...amazing! Crazy cold, but amazing. It was a great experience. We hiked up quite a ways before calling it quits...my co-worker Chad made it all the way up!
After the Wall, we headed down for a ride on the van through the Olympic Village...we saw where the athletes stayed, as well as the Water Cube and the Bird's Nest (where the opening and closing ceremonies were held). After that, we went to a place called Dr. Tea where we had some tea tastings; it was very good and I brought some home...
We then headed to the airport with a lot of time to spare which, luckily, was a good thing, because our first flight home (which was the most critical to catching the rest), was delayed over 2 hours. Luckily, they found a partner airline to switch us to which still allowed us to make it into Hong Kong on time. We caught the rest of our flights and even got into London about 40 minutes earlier, which allowed me to catch an earlier flight home. I am still adjusting to the jet lag, but think I am getting back into the swing of things.
The photos above are just a glimpse of some of our trip...click the photos to the right to see more.