A few people have asked me to write a bit more in detail about our China trip. I actually think it is a good idea since I have had some time to think about it and process it. I will break up my thoughts in several blog posts. The question that I have been getting the most is: "Do you have any advice for other families?" or "Is there anything you would do differently?"
The one thing that I would differently is to have more restdays in between our busy days. We only had 17 days to work with and of course we wanted to do and see as much as possible. It is hard to imagine what a big country China is. To get from one place to the next is no small feat. Aside from a couple of days rest and relaxation in Winnie's home town, we had no breaks. We were either on our way to our next destination or doing something in the city that we were visiting. We spent many hours in the car, train or on the plane. And if we weren't traveling, we were walking around the city that we were in.
All of this, along with the effects of jetlag, made for some very tired people and kids falling asleep in cars, at dinner and all kinds of random moments.
Towards the end of our trip the girls were asking if we could please have a restday, but we had no time.
Another inter-China travel day:
Pretty scenery from the train:
So yes, we were constantly on the go, we stayed up late, it was very hot, we never stopped and it was exhausting. I have no regrets though, because we wanted to make the most of the time that we had and experience all we could in the short amount of time that we had. We did just that.
But... if we ever did this again, I would make sure we have some extra days where there is nothing on the schedule. Some days where we can sleep in, walk around at our leisure, take a nap and just relax. Our trip was worth all the exhaustion, though. I am forever grateful for the memories that we were able to make with our girls in their home country.