Can you believe this produce is at the airport? It was so beautiful and looked so good. It was killing us to not be able to have some.
Now you know why we don't mind that everything is cooked to death.
You want all of your meat WELL
After saying good-bye to all of our new friends that were heading on to orphanage visits, we caught our plane to Beijing. We settled quickly and headed for the pearl market. This is either a dream or a nightmare, depending on your perspective. There is stall after stall of shoes, clothes, jewelry, electronics, and on and on. No price is set, so every single purchase is a process of bargaining. They tell you they will make no money, and you tell them it is too expensive. They pass a calculator with a number on it, then you change the number and pass it back. After so many times, they finally look beaten and say, "OK, just for you." At that point, I always assume I have paid too much. Chris has a much more patient, better technique. You know he gets a better deal because they say to him, "You tell no one!"
Jesse wants you to know that she has taken photos with over 70 Chinese people. Kinsey responded with, "After all, it's always about you in the end." Pretty perceptive for 7, wouldn't you say?
We are heading for the airport, and hope to be in Nashville at 10:15 tonight. Jeff, thanks for picking us up. We'll call from Newark if we can.
Thanks to all of you who took time to read our blog, and thanks especially to those of you who commented. It made it much easier to make the effort to upload photos and write at night when I was exhausted. For the first time ever, we will have a record of a trip. Can't wait to see you all back on American soil!