Jason and I are in Beijing now at the Qianmen Jianguo Hotel. We're exhausted, to say the least. We left Atlanta at 8 a.m. and made it to Newark for our connection with no problems. We landed in Beijing on time at 3 p.m.
The long-haul flight was very pleasant .. about as pleasant as a long flight like that can be. We flew Continental and were lucky enough to get bulkhead seats so we had some extra room, which was nice. There were also individual entertainment systems at each seat which helped pass the time, along with several naps. The flight was smooth until we were landing in Beijing and hit some rough air pockets. I heard that a few people on the plane actually did toss their cookies.
Three other families in our adoption group also were on our flight. After the plane finally landed we all met up with the adoption agency guide who escorted us back to the hotel and helped us get checked in. The hotel is very nice, although the beds are hard as a rock. The guide told us the nicer the hotel, the harder the beds. It doesn't matter; we're so tired we could sleep on an actual rock right now.
The traffic here was bad, of course. It reminded me of traffic in New York City minus the constant honking and yelling. You risk you life as a pedestrian if you don't watch where you're going. :-) Beijing is going to be fun to tour though .. I can't wait to see more of it.
The rest of the evening will be pretty uneventful. We're going to meet several families for dinner soon and just relax. Tomorrow is going to be a busy day with a LOT of touring, so we need to rest while we can and adjust to the time zone difference.
Hope things are well at home .. I miss my Anna already!