One of the things I regret most from my trip to Africa to pick up Noah, was that I didn’t keep a journal or blog any of time there. I really wish I had that to look back on. So I am going to do it while I am China! You guys can keep up with us, and I will have a diary of sorts.
For example, once we checked into our hotel in Beijing, I remembered that I get a “travelers vertigo” on long flights. It’s not fun. 🙁
Anyway, Ash (my sister who came with me) and I are trying desperately to stay awake for a bit longer, so we don’t wake up at 3am.
Friday – December 25th
We left for the airport at 4:45 am, and to my surprise, I was really calm. I have had quite a sense of peace leading up to this trip, and I was thankful it stayed with me as we prepared to go. We picked up Ash and arrived at about 5:20am. We got our two checked bags taken care of, hit the potties, Starbucks and headed to our gate to get seat assignments. We were thankful to be sitting together and the flight to Chicago was easy and uneventful! We had almost 4 hours to kill in Chicago, but it went surprisingly fast! We hung out, got lunch (at 9:30am) and I had another coffee.
This is where it got good! They called us up to the gate right before we boarded, and handed us two new boarding passes. For FIRST CLASS!!!! We were both in shock! Once we got settled on board, I quickly figured out that it was a friend of mine who got us the upgrade! We were so flipping excited and it was an awesome experience! We got goodie bags, TONS of food, and our seats could lay down flat for sleeping!
Once we got off the plane, it was COLD!!! We made our way through immigration, then down to baggage claim, and exchanged just a little money before we left the airport. The only part we had a bit of trouble with was finding the shuttle bus to the Hotel. It took us about 10 minutes, and some awkward exchanges with airport staff, but we spotted the shuttle and made it over to our hotel.
The Langham Hotel is beautiful! Our room is really nice, and feels really fancy compared to the hotels we usually stay at in the US 🙂
We will leave here mid-morning tomorrow (Sunday), and catch our final flight to Changsha!
Don’t forget, we are 13 hours ahead of eastern time in the US. So we are actually on day 2 of our trip!
I’m looking forward to getting settled in Changsha, and prep for Rosie! One more day!!!!!
Thank you for all your prayers and support, we are definitely feeling them!
(please excuse bad grammar or typos….I’m tired!)