Thursday, May 25, 2006

Our China Experience (2) - Going to China early for sightseeing

by Lynn Bowers

We resisted the idea. We'd have to miss more work, we'd have additional travel costs, and who could really enjoy sightseeing, especially when we were going to be parents in a few days? Our advice? GO! At this point, we already made a huge financial commitment, and the cash started to feel like Monopoly money. This journey was a leap of faith, and we can't recall hearing any tales of financial ruin because of adoption. Being able to have some "couple time" also gave us the chance to settle, breathe, get used to the time change, and get into the culture and feel of a new country. New language, new money, new food, new people- so much to take in. We are so glad we had those four days to adjust before meeting our daughter for the first time. We also had the chance to get to know our travel group- which was enormously helpful when I needed a shoulder to cry on in a hotel hallway. (Wah! I'm a first time mom, and my baby won't take a nap!)

Sure, touring the Forbidden City, shopping for Chairman Mao watches? It's not why you're really there, and we did have several zone-out moments where we wanted to yell WHERE's OUR DAUGHTER? But climbing the Great Wall of China? Priceless! (to be continued)

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