Well as of today we have been home for 4 weeks. I have to admit there are times when it seems we have been home forever and then there are times in which it feels like we have been home for only a few short days.
Since coming home I have had time to reflect on my stay in China. Many people have asked how was China? Truthfully, I don't think I can give you an accurate discription. What I experienced was not something that could be catagorized as a vacation. We were on a mission, a grand adventure but not a vacation. It would have been great to see more but Joely Poly needed me more. So this what I do know.
- It is weird and sometimes uncomfrotable to be the only caucasion person around.
- You don't realize how much you enjoy, and use your first admement right of Free Speech. This affects everything, your internet, books you read, blogs, Facebook. EVERYTHING!!!
- China is big and there are a lot of Chinese people. This isn't bad it is just a fact. Think of this 1 in 5 people in the world are Chinese. For this little Alabama girl it is a tad bit overwhelming.
- I would love to go back and tour the country side. Our little fast train to Hengyang City unveiled a beauty that I can't explain. I would love to go back and see that side of China.
- Whatever your opinion. The majority of the founders of the United States of America were Christians and our government was based on many of their princples. China well it is not and is not really based on any religion and you can tell.
- When we flew into Changsha we were greeted with a large sign of things that were allowed and not allowed on a flight. Many of them were due to the spread of Yellow Fever. Some of the items included; plants, fresh fruit and vegetables, wild animals like snakes, birds and ELEPHANTS. Yes people elephants! I think it was just something lost in translation but it has been a joke between me and E ever since. Imagine us packing up in Changsha headed to Guangzhou and saying to one another, "Make sure you leave the elephant behind."
- I like black tea more than green tea.
- If you go to China don't be alarmed when they bring you your tea and it looks like it has seaweed floating in it. That is just the tea leaves (they do not use those little bags or tea balls to hold the tea leaves). Thankfully E and I are fairly adventrous with our food so we didn't even bat and eye. If you are you might want to start praying now! Relax and try as much of it as you can.
- If you are adopting a little one who is walking or crawling or you pack like you are leaving for a year AND you are staying at the Garden Hotel. Get the suite. That is the one thing from our visit to Guangzhou we would have changed.
- I can go about 6 days before I start getting tired of Chinese food.
- People advertise abortions on the side of buses.
- I love seeing a Chinese woman sporting long hair. I just wanted to reach out and touch their silky black locks.
- I would visit Hong Kong tomorrow just for the shopping.
- I saw some of the poorest people for the first time in my life.
- I really feel like the Chinese government wants to help find families for the orphans and has a wonderful program (generally speaking)
- It changed me and I would go back.
- E would go back.
- If God doesn't want us to go back then we will encourage others to and advocate for those who can not.
- Air conditioning and heat is not something that is found everywhere. This made me realize I am weak and Rin would only work if she could walk and was visiting in the spring.
- People smoke everywhere. When we got Changsha people were lighting their cigerettes in the ramp from the plane to the airport.