I think this year might have been my coolest birthday yet. It is already pretty cool to spend it in China, but we decided to make it an excuse to try and explore outside the city.
Traveling around our area is not easy for a foreigner. There is little tourism and even less English. The initial plan included us getting a bus out to the mountains after my last class Friday afternoon and staying at hotel for the weekend. The problem was we couldn’t find a way to book the hotel we found, we couldn’t find it on a map, and when we asked students about how to get out there no one could tell us anything.
The people here also didn’t think we should go to the mountains in March. It is too cold and not green yet.
We got lucky and we found a teacher that said she would take us to the mountains for the day. We dressed warm, packed lunch and water and left the apartment about 6:15.
It was awesome!
They had arranged for us to go with a Chinese group that goes up to the mountains hiking most weekends. And it turned out to be a hike! Almost straight up for hours. I haven’t hiked like that for years and my wimpy winter legs told me all about it.
We hiked to the top and then spent a few hours playing and eating in a little forested area.
Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming to us here. Very few speak any English and we don’t understand their Chinese yet but they are very patient and hospitable.
On the way down we went through this mountain village that was super cute.
Bryon found this old mill.
There was a wedding going somewhere. They put out pink paper to wish good luck to the marriage.
Here are a few more pictures of the day.
And my cute baby!
An incredible day!
We finished off the celebration by getting a Chinese birthday cake the following day. The kids got to watch it being decorated 🙂