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China part 3

26 Jan

The main reason why we wanted to go to China was to climb the Great Wall. We only had 3 days in China so not much time to squeeze it in. We decided to do it on Christmas Day. Such an amazing experience!

We had to drive around 3 hours out of Beijing to get to the wall. When we got there I seriously thought that I was going to freeze to death. It was -29 oC!!!! For all you non metric people that is -20 oF!!! SO COLD! Thankfully the sun was out and there wasn’t much wind.


It may look like we are photoshopped but I promise.. we aren’t. It was just THE perfect spot to take a picture with some of the wall in the background.


Now some of you may think that walking along the wall is easy. Well, some parts maybe but the part that we CLIMBED first was super crazy. There was snow and ice and not many hand rails. This picture just depicts one of the few handrails that we saw that day.


CLIMBING the wall


It was such a beautiful Christmas morning. Probably one of my favorite Christmas mornings EVER.


This is one of my favorite pictures from our trip. I love it.

After our tour, we went back to our hostel and attempted to warm up a bit. We hadn’t had any dinner or street food so we headed out to find something to eat. We ended up finding this street that had all kinds of crazy food.


That’s right… starfish, seahorses, snake… you name it. Scary.

Aaron decided that he was going to try some delicious food from this one stall that all of the locals were going to…


It smelled like he was eating poop. Gag. I couldn’t walk near him and needless to say he couldn’t finish it. After we returned to Japan and I had told this story to one of our coworkers, we found out it was ROTTEN tofu!

Our time in China was short but we made lots of memories and learned that Chinese people love to spit anywhere.


China part 1

23 Jan

I have always dreamed about going to China. I fell in love with the way that it was portrayed through movies and I loved reading about it in books. I always knew that I would go to China and climb the Great Wall but I never knew that I would do it over Christmas.

Over Christmas vacation, my boyfriend and I headed to China. We wanted to climb the Great Wall and see some other things in Beijing. It was a trip that I will never forget.

The first night that we got there, we walked around for almost 45 minutes trying to find our hostel. We were walking down the wrong street. It was horribly cold outside and we had our backpacks. Finally I asked Aaron if he would attempt to hail a taxi for us. This little old man stopped and we weren’t sure what to think of it. Let me try and paint a picture of it for you. It was a man who was probably 60 or so on this scooter. On the back of the scooter was a wooden box. He told us that it would be 10 Yuan for a ride. The box that we got into was seriously SO small and both of us had our backpacks. Thankfully we fit and he brought us to our hotel. It was pretty awesome.

Once we got to our hostel, we met a girl who was staying in our room with us. She had been traveling around China for 10 weeks. She took us out to dinner down the street. We had this delicious noodle soup. You had to pick whatever you wanted and they were all on sticks.


They then made it into a soup. It was so wonderful and spicy!


After all of that madness we headed back for our showers and we were out before 10pm. We felt a little lame but it’s vacation… you can relax and sleep as much as you want.

I’ll post another post about all of the touristy things that we did. Stay tuned. :]


29 Dec

In my family, we like to make fun of each other.

It is just something that we have always done. We laugh at each other and laugh at the stupid things that we do.

Since being home I have laughed until I have cried a few times.

It has been marvelous for my soul.

Here are some quotes:

My dad ::on the cat running around the house on Christmas morning with a paper bag trapped around her middle :: “It sounds like there was a thousand midgets running around up here! What are you and your Mom doing?”

Me: Dying laughing

My dad has a cold and is losing his voice. He was explaining to my mom and me about how he couldn’t swallow and his mouth was really dry. He said that he got up at 2 am and went into the kitchen.

I’m thinking.. Okay to get a drink of water.

My dad: “Well I opened up the pantry and sprayed some PAM in my throat to help moisten it.”

Me: Choking on my food while laughing so hard no noise is coming out.


In my family there are 2 things that you will notice right away.

1. We yell a lot to communicate that dinner is ready or that we are leaving to go somewhere.

2. We LOVE to laugh.


Have you laughed today?

So Good

25 Dec

It feels so good to be home.

It still kind of feels like I am in a dream and I cannot wake up.

Landing at the Kansas City airport I was so excited.

Hearing “Here she comes!” from my dad and to hear everyone scream and holler and wave their poster around was awesome.

Running through the security and crying my eyes out was awesome too.

Hearing all of the people who were waiting for their flight say “Aww she’s crying” was awesome as well.

Hugging my mom and my family and friends for the first time in 11 months is way more than awesome. It was so good. So good for my heart, so good for my soul and so many tears running down my face.

It is so good to be home.


23 Dec

In 23 hours I will be hugging my family and my friends.

I am so excited!!!!!!!!!!!

4 days

19 Dec

In 4 days I will be gettin on an airplane..

Until then this must happen…

* pack my suitcases

* Probably go to the doctor to get some medicine for whatever I currently fighting.

* 2 days of school with my kiddos

* 3rd grade Christmas Party

* Send my bags to the airport

* Clean my apartment

After all of that is done, I will be ready to get on the bullet train bound for Tokyo.


14 Dec

If you work with me, you know that I say this word a lot.

It means nervous in Japanese.

Some of you may be asking “Why are you nervous? You should be excited!”

Yes, I am excited to go back to America for Christmas.


I am also very nervous.

I am nervous because in my mind, things are all still the same. People are all still friends and some people aren’t even really married yet in my mind.

But all of those things have happened over the past 10.5 months. People have fallen out with each other. Friends have gotten married and moved away. Friends have gotten engaged. Friends have faced hard trials in their life.

I am nervous because I don’t know how well I am going to handle all of this. I am nervous that I am going to be a different person, which I am, and I won’t have the right words to say.

I’m nervous about my transition from single small apartment to a five bedroom house with 4 other people. I know that it is only for 16 days but still… kencho.



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