Sunday, November 2, 2008

China Trip - Day 8

Not too much happened on Day 8 that makes for interesting blogging. We started off by visiting the caverns at Zhangjaijei. We only had until noon to squeeze in a little sightseeing before we had to check out of our hotel. Honestly, after having seen Carlsbad Caverns, these particular caverns were a bit of a let down. It's funny but the most beautiful part of the tour was the walk up to the caverns. Here are some of those photos.

A grass covered building. What is this? Hobbiton?



Made me sad to see a statue promoting Darwinism...



Various images...







My camera didn't take any good pictures in the cave except for this shot of some guy's handbag...



After checking out of the hotel, we went out for one last lunch with our two pastor friends. While there we had an incident. There was a giant Chinese cockroach that crawled under Pat's chair. She was about to freak out and was whispering for me to please kill the thing before it crawled up her leg. Of course, I did and proceeded to hum "La Cucaracha" the rest of the trip for her benefit.

After lunch, we drove to the airport and said goodbye to our friends. Our flight to Beijing took about 3 hours. Two things stand out from the flight. One was watching Cathy cry her eyes out from the in flight movie, "P.S. I Love You." The other was Pat's deception. She tried to get me to eat the one of the unidentifiable in flight snacks. Turns out it was dried fish guts and she knew exactly what it was. See if I ever kill la cucaracha for her again.

Me and the pastors at the airport...



Guess jet lag is a common occurrence in Beijing...



Buddha welcomes us to Beijing...



When we arrived in Beijing, our tour guide, Lynne, met us. What are the odds that our tour guide would be named Lynne? For those of you who don't know, my administrative assistant is named Lynne. It was comforting and disquieting all at the same time. Just kidding. I love you, Lynne!

After eating a hearty supper, we retired to our new accommodations. It was time to see Beijing, but first....sleep.

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