We made our next leg of the journey early this morning. We took the bullet train to Taiyuan. Our guide thought we were a bit crazy asking to take the train. We thought it might be a good way to see more of China. She thought we were seeing China in the fight to get through the door of the train station. We made it on and it was actually far more comfortable than a plane.
After the four hour trip, we saw so much countryside, farms and small towns. Anyone reading this about to make the trip, I highly recommend the bullet train. The train station was a little intimidating to walk into but English was everywhere. We didn't have a hard time at all, just lots of stares.
Taiyuan is incredibly smokey. It's fast. Our guide is young. She pretty much got us to the hotel and left us on our own until tomorrow. We felt like we were playing Frogger to get across the street to the market. Totally worth it since a bottle of water in our room is almost $5 but it's about 30 cents there. We picked up some snacks for Jack in case we are at the Civil Affairs office for longer than we expect tomorrow. Did I mention that in a little over 15 hours, I'll meet my son!
I'll leave you with some pictures of our tour in Beijing. The internet is slowing down as I type, so we'll see how this goes.
So clearly it didn't work the way I wanted it to because it's now morning and it two hours we should have Jack! Can't wait. More later!