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…to have clean, fresh, air to breathe, and frequent blue skies.

Just a reflection after our trip to China.

We're lucky to see this.

We’re lucky to see this.

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Today is the last day of our trip to China, and we’ve spent it in Beijing. In the morning we took the subway to one of the city’s hutongs. There, we went on a tour in a rickshaw – fun! 

My father-in-law and us in our rickshaws

 

As a stark contrast to the hutong, we proceeded to spend the afternoon in Sanlitan – an upscale shopping centre 😊 Hubby got to shop for some clothes, so he’s happy!

For dinner we had the mandatory Peking duck, and it was good! 

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On our way from Yangshou to Guilin and the plane that would take us back to Beijing, we stopped to visit a Tea Institute.

They grew 250 different varieties if tea there, and we got to try four different ones. 

Osmanthus tea, which contains 12% flowers and 88% green tea, is especially good for women as it supposedly contain lots of calcium and thus helps prevent osteoporosis. After all my cortisone last year I had to buy it! 

Women and men picking tea in Guilin

 

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This morning we had a cooking class. I didn’t at all feel up to it on the way there, but it was great fun! 

First of all we went to the market. They had everything you can imagine: crayfish, toads, eels, carp fish – all alive. All the vegetables I know of and then some. And butcher shops…

That’s where I turned around, as we’d been told beforehand that there’d be dogs there… 😳 And there were. I saw some hanging on a hook 😞

But okay, back to the class: it was fun. We all prepared three dishes, and got to have them for lunch after class. Hubby bought a knife, so he’s happy too.  

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But a massive one! Built out of terracotta some 2 200 years ago. Massive.   I didn’t know it was destroyed by angry peasants before it was finished, but it was. Only one out of some predicted 8000 (!) sculptures have been found intact. All the others must be pieced together, piece by piece. 

It’s like a giant puzzle without a picture to follow…

PS. I feel much better!

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…of the toilet is what I spent all of last night doing. I started throwing up around 9 pm, and it started coming the other way (too) around 11 pm. I threw up until 5 am, and the last panicked toilet visit was around 8:30 am. Oh, what a night. 

I don’t know what caused it, because hubby and I had the same thing for dinner – ramen. However, he had beer and I had soda. With ice in it. It didn’t even occur to me until it was (way) too late ☹️

Of course, today was the day we left Beijing for Xian, so I had to make it on a full flight too…ugh! 

I did make it without being sick, but my body aches. I’ve also skipped the dinner and show we had planned, and have spent a few hours sleepng already.

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And great it is! 

And massive. 

And steep. 

And magnificent.  

The Great Wall of China earlier today

 

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… until we go to China! Exciting 😊 We’re going on an organised trip that’ll take us to Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Yangshou over 12 days.

A’s dad is coming with us, which will be interesting, to say the least 😉

I’m mainly looking forward to seeing the Great Wall and the boat trip we’re going on in Guilin. They have these funky looking mountains there that I just can’t wait to see with my own eyes. Check them out:

Have you been to China? What did you like most about it?  

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Almost there…

…as in, “we’re almost ready to send the papers”. This adoption thing isn’t quick, by any means. We’ve had all our documentation translated to English, and it’s now being translated from English to Chinese. We’re not adopting from China though, but Taiwan. Which to some is the same thing, but I’m siding with the Taiwanese and calling it its own country.

Taiwan used to be called Formosa, Portuguese for beautiful, since the Portuguese sailors sighted the island and called it “the beautiful island” in 1592. The official name of the state is Republic of China, but it’s mainly called Taiwan after the largest island.

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The Taiwanese flag – beautiful (just like the old name of the country)!

We’ve decided on Taiwan for a number of reasons. For one it was one of the rather few countries I can adopt from, because of my arthritis. Many countries rule me out instantly 😦 Another reason is that it seems like an amazing country! Both beautiful and successful, with a high standard of living and democratic values. It seems like a country we’d like to return to, many times. Also, the orphanage we’ve chosen seems really good, both in terms of how they take care of the children, but also the mothers. It’s a huge social stigma to become an unwed mother in Taiwan, and since there’s no sex ed in school, many of the mothers are very young. The orphanage ensures the mothers get emotional support, sex ed, job training and counselling. This of course also means that they will have a lot of info on the mother of our future child, and we might even get a chance to meet with her. This is very important to us, to be able to give our child as much information as possible on his or her background. We’re sure it’ll help with some of the questions that for sure will arise in years to come. Also, the mother may be part of the process of choosing us as parents for her child. That feels great too.

It’s a common misconception that adopted children are “chosen” by the adoptive parents. Quite contrary. We’ve picked country and orphanage, “wished” for a healthy and young child, but that’s it. We can’t decide the sex of the child, and we can’t choose between children. When the time comes, we will have been chosen for a child, not the other way around.

Another common mistake is that everyone assumes it’ll be a girl. When in fact a vast majority of the children adopted to Sweden are boys. Last year, in total there was two boys to any adopted girl, overall, but from Asia the ratio was six to one.

We’re hoping the paperwork, including our photo presentation, will all be finished in August so we can finally send our papers off and be “in the game”. Hopefully we’ll be viewed as an attractive option for a child, and hopefully sooner rather than later 🙂 We’re fed up with waiting!

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Remember how disappointed I was when the organza bags I’d ordered for my wedding favours were delivered in the wrong colour? Well I’m equally ecstatic about the  ones I picked up today! Check these puppies out!:

Hot pink and orange organza bags for our wedding favours!

And as if that wasn’t enough, the store I ordered from this time – Ideabus on eBay – also put in a few extra samples of organza bags in different colours:

If I ever need organza bags again, this is where I’ll order from!

Needless to say, I’m very pleased with my order!

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