Day 2- Beijing and the Forbidden City (East to West)
One of my favorite songs lyrically is East to West by Vocal Union.
(Also available on an acapella training CD created by Keith Lancaster and some very talented vocalists. Shout out here to my Westside peeps!)
It begins with :
As far as the east is from the west
As far as the worst is from the best
As far as the future’s from the past
As for as the first is from the last
This journey has truly taken us as far as the east is from the west. While there are so many things in Beijing that are glaringly different from our culture, I am more struck by the sameness of the people. The laughter of children, the smiles of the elderly and the sadness of poverty are the same in any language. As I think about the first few lines of the song, my hope is that our Little Li will experience the vastness that life has to offer as we prepare to move her from her past to her future, from last to first, from worst to best and east to west.
Today we went to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square known for so many things historically. It is nearing its 600th anniversary. They LIMIT the attendance daily to 80,000 people. There are people everywhere! Our guide William prepared us to expect massive crowds as we followed him as he carried his flag and spoke into our ear bud systems so we could hear him. (There are 4 other families from our agency on the same tour.)
He mentioned that we might be stopped by families for photos who have never seen caucasian children. Let’s just say that little Hulaloo has her own paparazzi! At first she asked ‘Mommy, why do they want my photo?’ Now she just stops and pours on the charm for another photo op..
Here she is with a little boy who really wasn’t into the photo. Notice how far he is standing from her?
Tomorrow its the Great Wall and one day closer to the completion of our family!
Did I mention we took a four hour nap this afternoon?
Time for rest before our next adventure. Thanks for joining us on the journey.