Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Jillian came to visit
Ancient Culture Street in Tianjin
A local food market. This is the first time I have seen rabbit and pheasant offered.
So funny....I think 3 star was a little generous.
The moat around the Forbidden City.
Some food offered at the Night Market in Beijing.
The Great Wall or Long Wall as the Chinese call it.
Babies at the Starfish Foster home.
In December, our friend Jillian came to visit. We met her right before we moved to China at a 3 week cross-cultural training in Colorado. She was in Burundi serving with World Relief for 9 months and is back now starting Graduate school for social work at Columbia University. We stayed a couple of days in Beijing and toured the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tian'An Men square, Temple of Heaven and other usual places. We also had the opportunity to fly to Xi'An to visit a foster home there called Starfish Home. It's an amazing place and there are 50 babies that we were able to love on and play with. It was part work for me as the woman who runs it has a lot of knowledge and wisdom that she is willing to share with me to help me in my work here in Tianjin. We were also able to sneak in a trip to the Terra Cotta Soldiers and had the most scary taxi ride that I've had since being in China! A memorable time and we were thankful that Jillian could come and spend time with us. Here are some pictures (by Jillian Lee).