On Isaac's 20th birthday we went to the Forbidden City in Beijing with our guide Susan. We spent several hours there. She could answer just about any question we asked. A wealth of information. Last time we were there we were not able to spend as much time because we were with a larger group.
We thought this was a funny scene. Right in Tianamen Square we saw a Lama Monk taking selfies.
The Crown "Prince" being fanned by his best bud--Susan..
As soon as we entered the outer courts of the city, Lucas found this armored vehicle of course. Fascinated by the military/government officials. It's illegal to take pictures of them directly so we didn't do that, but he got his "fix" with this "SWAT" vehicle.
We went to sleep on this train filled with anticipation since the next day we would be going to the orphanage to meet our kids. I knew our guide would meet us at the train and we'd go to our hotel to freshen up and then head to the orphanage. I didn't sleep very well--not sure if it was the hard bed, the anticipation, or the starts and stops of the train all night. But, it was fun to be in the same car with Lucas, Isaac and Lilli. Sweet man Peter stayed in another car with 3 chinese "strangers".
You'll have to ask Lilli about our our 2 am "adventure". lol
oh and one more fun tidbit...using a squatty potty on a moving train is ... well...."fun". Let's all just imagine where that waste goes on a moving train shall we?