Holy cow, it’s been awhile! What have I done in the past 6 months? Well, we’ve been to Hong Kong, again, for only 2 days, to complete visa stuff. Did manage to squeeze in some hiking/eating/drinking while we were there. Still have yet to see the Giant Buddha, HK Disney, Victoria’s Peak, all that jazz…maybe some day.
We went to Sanya, our first real vacation since moving out here. “China’s Hawaii”, they call it. It was the most relaxing time I think I have had in my adult life. Perfect weather, free breakfast, empty beach, nice room, and sharing it all with Chris, what more could a girl ask for? We were beyond tired of Shanghai, our jobs, and the rain! It was the perfect way to relax before our big month home in December!
Next, was our trip back to the U.S. for Christmas. Our first time home in almost a year and a half…still can’t believe we went that long. Having underestimated the amount of traffic from Xuhui to the airport, we came we too close to missing our flight to Dallas. The traffic, and having trouble with security (because I was bringing a hoverboard home for my brother for Xmas. Which, by the way, were prohibited on airplanes in January, close call!) had me freaking out! I did not want to be stuck in the airport after thinking we were finally getting the heck out of here. Everything turned out okay though, we made it to our seats with 20 minutes to spare, swearing to never make that close of a call again.
Being home was strangely exactly the same as it was when we left. For some reason, I kept imagining home seeming completely different when we finally went back. I’m glad it wasn’t. Visiting with family, and eating ALL of the food, were top on my list of excitement for returning. But, I am so very glad we stuck it out and were able to be there for Christmas. It was a Christmas I will never forget. As an adult without children, Christmas sometimes feels just like any other day. But being home after so long, with the people we love, was by far the best part of my year.
Promising to update sooner next time….