Wednesday, January 30, 2013

free day in Jinan

At the hospital, getting Calvin's medicine.

hallway of pediatrics

She's a thumbsucker

with the Dr's

dentist at the hospital that fixed Michael's tooth finally!

walking with Keano's girlfriend, Agnes. A food street.

street food.

walking through a very old neighborhood to Daming Lake

Inside the boat that took us around the lake.

Walkway to the boats, on either side.

Inside a teahouse? on an island in Daming Lake, waiting for our Lotus flower soup.

Lotus flower soup, it was good. Kind of thick like tapica, but no lumps, lightly floral tasting.

I love this picture. It was such a beautiful spot, with all the fog etc....

seriously beautiful

with Agnes

All the red are individual lanterns! The whole bridge was covered with them.

With Agnes's cousin, Brooke, with the Chinese New year decorations at Baotou Springs. They say this all lights up at night.

Baotou Springs, a natural spring, that is always 57 degrees.

having tea, made from the Spring water

a sculpture that represent the character for springs, Jinan is famous for it's hot springs.

delicious dinner, so good! the kids are loving the duck soup.

with the lovely Agnes, so kind to us!

Walking back to the hotel tonight.

Yesterday was a good down day, After the craziness and exhaustion on Monday, we welcomed a day with nothing on the schedule. We took Calvin in for his third dose of medicine, and came back to the room.  We let the kids play and nap and then later in the afternoon, walked down to the shopping mall, It's a beautiful 6 story mall with lots of western high end stores. Our guide had told us there were lots of restaurants there, but we couldn't find one that looked like it had picture menus, so we ended up walking around the local neighborhood, and finding a little place, where we could point and pick. It was good and cheap.  Back to the hotel for an early night. Calvin had a tough time sleeping at first, not sure why, but we ended up sleeping much later than usual today till 7am today. We went to breakfast, and then down to meet our guide again for the 30 minute trip to the hospital. Calvin got his 4th dose of meds, and the dr. said he saounded better enough to have oral meds now, and gave us a prescription.  While I was with Calvin getting his meds, Michael and our guide went up to the third floorwhere they found a dentist, who finally fixed michael's tooth! So far so good. The dr and nurses kept trying to talk to me while they were gone, but I just couldn't understand them. They were very interesting in that fact that we had adopted two special needs chldren, and that we have 8 kids! We came back to the hotel, and let the kids nap. At 1pm, Agnes, our friend from homes girlfriend, met us at the hotel. She took us to walk along a restaurant street, called Lotus street. Lots of interesting places.She bought us some durian pastries. It was pretty good. Calvin ate most of mine, lol. She took us for a long walk through a very old neighborhood on the way to Daming lake. Daming lake was a very big park, and beautiful. We took a beautiful boat, that took us out to an island in the lake with some lovely buildings, and a shop where we had lotus flower soup. It was good, slightly sweet, and floral. Agnes says it makes women beautiful!  Then we took the boat across to the other side of the park. We walked for a while. Lots of really breathtaking views. Then, here cousin Brooke met us, and took us to Baotou Springs, the most famous spring here in Jinan. It is a natural hot spring, and the park was dcorate with lots of lanterns and displays for Chinese neew year coming up in two weeks. We had tea made from the spring water, and it was a great break from the cold and walking. Then we walked to the square, and on to a restaurant where we had a great supper. We had crispy duck, a duck soup, greenbeans, a corn stir fry, sweet and sour chicken, and rice. It was the best meal we have had yet this trip. The kids were getting pretty tired by now, so we headed back to the hotel, and let them have a little play time, and then to bed. They are both already asleep now. I'm waiting up to skype the kids, and then bed time for us too. we carried the kids the whole time, and neither of them is light. My biceps should be like steel, lol. Tomorrow, is another down day, before Friday, when we get Georgia;s passport and fly to Guangzhou. counting the days down. Today was a very good day, but still missing our littles at home. Hope you enjoy the pictures. I wish I could really convey all the amzing things here.

1 comment:

  1. Hang in there! Before you know it you will be writting we are coming home! What fun experiences!