I flew Denver to Chicago to meet my sister, Donna there. I sat by a lovely couple on that leg who were heading on vacation to Beijing. They were thrilled to hear about my trip and to share about their little granddaughter, only a few weeks older than Anna - it was good insight for me.
Once in Chicago I met Donna (yay!!!!). And then met up with a few others on the same flight from our travel group.
We then all excitedly, but reluctantly loaded ourselves into the plane for our 15+ (15:33,but who's counting) hour flight. cramped, but we made it with the necessary gear in tow
Eye, pillow, ear plugs, neck pillow,blanket and ambien all added up to about 5 hours of sporadic sleep.
We finally arrived
made it through immigration resulting in Donna getting her first stamp in her passport :) A very proud moment.
Finally meeting our rep once clearing customs. Then the reason we're here came back to me in a flash.
As our bus pulled into the hotel, I looked in the lobby and there stood Rob and Michelle who are here with us to get Ocie. They started their trip a bit early and visited Beijing first. It was really good to see them! Now it feel like this trip is real.
We're still adjusting to the time different - it will take a while with HK & China being 14 hours ahead. By Monday we'll be grand.