Thursday, August 20, 2009
Free time is wonderful
On Tuesday we had no appointments. It was lovely. We have been going, going, going this whole trip and we were very glad to have some down time. We started our day as usual with the hotel buffet breakfast. My favorite part of breakfast is the music. For some reason, everywhere we've been in China, they pick the worst American music and make karaoke or elevator versions to play at breakfast. This has mainly consisted of Richard Marx, Christina Aguilera, and Mariah Carey. It's comical what you'll find yourself humming for the remainder of the day. After breakfast we played in the room for a couple of hours. Keep in mind that one week ago it wasn't possible for us to spend even a few minutes playing in the hotel. We are very much enjoying the fact that we can do this now. After this, we had lunch, nap, and then swimming. After swimming we walked over to the island and had Italian for dinner. Even though it was Italian, it was the most truly Western meal we'd had this far. There was real bread, pesto, olive tampenade, pizza, and pasta. Yummy! Our taste buds are certainly starting to crave our usual food. An altogether uneventful, wonderful day.