China, day 10

Today we got to Beijing, and met Blake and my dad at the airport. YAY! It’s just what we needed to cap off the trip. Here they are with Nora in front of her favorite feature of our hotel–one of the two lion statues flanking the entrance.

China, day 9

Nora, giving me her classic photo face in front of the terra cotta warriors in Xian:

And here she is outside the museum, trying to make friends with a very smiley but shy Chinese boy her own age in split pants. She kept kind of sidling up to him, shoulders hunched and belly out. Each time she got too close, he would run back to his mom.

Nora loved the video they showed about the history of the terra cotta warriors. For the next few hours, all she talked about was fighting, fire, running, and flags. Maybe someday Blake won’t have to watch all his favorite movies alone.


For the first time, Nora found stairs with a railing low enough that she could go down all by herself. She counts a bit while she’s doing it, too.

Urban Planning Exhibition Centre, Shanghai