China Day 1 :: Weird Things, New Friends and Good Fruit

On March 13th we flew out of San Francisco early in the morning after the crazy day we had before with the kitchen flood. We were exhausted but very happy to be on our way to China. It was really hard for me to mentally grasp how far we would be traveling and that we would be on a plane for 12 hours.

Luckily, I got the isle seat since Ryan is always very gracious when it comes to seats on planes and always lets me have the window or isle. This row was like 7 seats long so I was happy to not be stuck in the middle. However, there was a HUGE man sitting in front of me so his seat went back at least 2 inches further than all the rest. Even my tiny short legs couldn’t fit.

So just a note for anyone thinking of going on an international flight in economy… Don’t fly with United! Their economy is the smallest ever. What there business class was is what most planes are for economy. Needless to say, I’m not thrilled about the flight back but very very thrilled that the flight is to hawaii.

So anyways, we got to China safe and sound. Got our luggage without any problems and I experienced my first “squattie” toilet. I went into the bathroom and since there was a line I went into the first available which contained no throne for me but just a lovely hole in the floor. I didn’t know what to do with that so I walked back out completely perplexed about the whole situation. Turns out, nice places usually have “western” toilets along with the squatties. Thank Goodness.

Ryan’s mom, Linda, picked us up from the airport with her friend Natalie and we went to an apartment they rented for a few nights in Bejing.

Day 1 of Bejing – Art District – March 14th 2010


It just so happened to snow on our first day here. I swear the snow has just been following us this whole trip! It’s kind of unbelievable actually. We didn’t let that stop us from going out and taking advantage of our time there though. We decided to go to the art district and even though it was super cold, I am SO happy we went!

We only saw a little portion of it with the time that we had but saw a lot of cool things. I bought what is by far one of the cutest toys I have ever owned. I decided to name him Clarence.

The place where we bought him had all kinds of other animals waiting for me to take them and give them a good home. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough room in my suitcase.


I did have enough room for this little crazy dude though, his name is Bill. :)  Bill and Clarence have already bonded and I’m pretty sure are best friends.

This is how many alarms we should probably have to get us up in the morning…they could also come chase after us too which would get me out of bed pretty quick.

There is so much to say about this photo that I’m kind of stumped as to what to say about this photo, haha. This is a real dog who has been stuffed and will forever be in this very awesome position.

On our way back I learned how mind blowing fruit is here in comparison to our country and they cut pineapples in the coolest way!

And Bill likes to be sneaky and get in all our shots.

NEXT: Day 2 of China: Shopping at Silk Street!

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