We had a nice flight north - and arrived around 9pm. Jenny loved flying and Rachel found a Chinese comics page!
I had such a BAD night - I got a 12x12 room, (not kidding) for 4 of us
and our suitcases, our eyes and throats burn from smoke and I feel like
I'm not getting enough oxygen - it is UNBELIEVABLE coal pollution. I
had to pray not to panic in the middle of the night for breathing. The 3
of us slept (well I laid there listening to Jenny snore, freak, and
cough) in one queen bed. ugh. It cost $140.
Rachel and I had a prayer session thanking God for blessings to stave
off despair. We thanked God for the nice hotel people - especially the
bell boy (man). The wonderful guide we have, and the terrific
breakfast. I HAD FRENCH TOAST!!!! Met a Chinese military man and his
wife at breakfast - nice family. The Taiyuan people are VERY nice -
and very curious people. They ask a lot of questions about us and we
are stared at (in a nice way with smiles) wherever we go. They are TALL
people and very good humored. I don't know how they survive the winter
pollution from the coal burning (it provides electricity and heat for a
lot of the North)
I switched to a suite today - expensive - I don't care if I pay if off
for the rest of my lifetime - for the extra $$ it will keep me from
being insane while I choke on smoke. Here are pics - the suite is very
nice - THANK YOU HUSBAND for taking such good care of me!! I couldn't
stand back enough to get a pic of the little room, lol.
WE FOUND A WALMART!!!! HEAVEN!!! I bought all kinds of snacks, mango
oreos, and PLAIN crackers for our room. And of course, the 50 cent
noodle bowls to go with my $$ suite. I found puzzles, a LEGO train
station, and more for only a few dollars. Jenny has her fav cartoons,
and she's so happy! :) Oh - I also bought Dove Dark Chocolates - I can
survive the smoke with the chocolate "power." God is Good.
The hotel is nice and the people seem very nice - although no one speaks much English at all. The Bell boy is practicing his - so I enjoy talking to him - he is very kind to us! The front of the hotel has cool statues - and we thought Ms. Adrian would like the statue pianist!!
Please pray for us to get used to the "soupy" air. My eyes are really
burning, and sleep is difficult as I guess you breathe deeper? Internet is spotty here - so I may have a hard time contacting you. Love you all, and trusting God for tomorrow when we meet Sarah.