Thursday, August 6, 2009
Well, we made it. It was actually a really smooth trip. All of our flights were on time and we didn't have any issues. Ellie was awesome. She didn't sleep much on the plane, but she was very well behaved. We got to meet a couple of other RQ families on the plane which was such a treat. Our guide for Beijing met us at the airport. His name is Ike and so far he seems very pleasant and knowledgeable. What we could see of Beijing driving in was beautiful. It seems to be a really unique mix of old and new, concrete and greenery. Tomorrow we see the Hutongs, the great wall, and an acrobat show which will be fun. Tonight, we just checked into our hotel (The Grand Hyatt is awesome!), took a swim in the pool, are eating our r0om service, and will head to bed early. It's been a long day and a half. I am so happy and relieved to finally be here. Everything up until this point has been laced with anxiety, but right now I just feel excited and happy.