Tomorrow we are boarding an airplane in Las Vegas and heading to China. Da will drop us off with our 8 pieces of luggage (mostly donations to Starfish Foster Home), 5 carry-ons (including a violin and a viola) and a double stroller that we are taking to Amanda. This trip has been years in the planning and I am so grateful that everything has fallen into place. I have not been to Xi’an since 1983 and this will be the first trip for Da (who will be joining us for 45 days) and the girls. Everyone is very excited.
We are staying at the volunteer apartment that is run by Amanda and her staff. We are renting only one room for $250/mo. The room currently contains a single and a double bed, but there is room to add a bunk bed when we arrive. The apartment rent includes a housekeeper (insert snoopy dance here) and lunch. We will reimburse Amanda for any lunches they serve us and will be tipping the house keeper well since we are such a large family. We are still considering the rental of our own apartment, but we want to get a feel for the area and how it would work before making any commitments.
These are photos of the apartment we will be living in:
Our priorities for this trip are #1. to practice and learn more Chinese #2. to play with the children in the foster home and #3. to scout out the area and make a decision on an apartment home in Xi’an for our family.
Our schooling each day will consist of scripture study, Chinese and the Drawing Textbook. We will also be looking for music lessons, abacus classes and a pool. I also hope to convince the girls to become regular contributors on this blog. Wouldn’t that be fantastic?
We are reserving the weekends for sightseeing and there is plenty to keep us busy! In addition to all the sites in Xi’an we are hoping to take a trip to Lhasa, Tibet by train! A special permit is required for that trip, so we will have to see if it works out.
Hopefully I will be able to post to this blog from China. I have purchase a VPN that will should allow me to get through the “Great Firewall of China.” If all else fails, I will be sending posts to Da via email and he will get them up. (Like we did during Le Wen’s adoption.)
So, until then, Zai Jian! (??!) and God Bless!