Friday, February 19, 2010

Credit Where Credit is Due

We have been in Kunming for nearly 24 hours. Since our airplane landed, we've been under the wing of a pretty incredible woman. Xiulan (pronounced Shoe-Lawn) lives in Kunming.

She is our local guide who works for our adoption agency. In addition to ushering us out of the airport and back to our hotel late last night, Xiulan and her husband spent the entire day with us today.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that our transition (thus far) into this cultural explosion has been easy and exciting. I have fallen for her, and Larry as well. I suspect she will be in my thoughts for a great many months and years to come.

Here are some pictures from the Stone Forest. Xiulan is the little power house in the light tan jacket. We caught her dancing with some of the performers. The natural stone formations are amazing. We walked and climbed for hours.

Xiulan's husband drove us the 140 mile round-trip excursion. We stopped off in a nearby village for lunch of roasted duck, tofu, pork, beans and broccoli. Xiulan brought me to the counter with her to help select from the cases what we wanted them to prepare. Each dish was prepared very well.

We are exhausted tonight, like the time change and mere five hours of sleep last night are colliding. 36 hours and counting until we're a family of three!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stay tuned.


  1. Sounds like you are having an amazing time and certainly enjoying the culture! The pictues are amazing and yes, can certainly see why you have fallen for Xiulan! Reminds me of someone fun, spunky, tall, thin and blonde...name starts with an H :-) Love and prayers with you. Can't wait for your next post!!!

  2. I am so envious of your experiences in Kunming...(I wonder how many times I will think this over the next weeks) I love the pictures and your verbal accounting of the time and your feelings. My love to you both (and your new friends!)


  3. I'm a friend of Gretchen's and she pointed me here. I cannot wait to finally see that baby girl in your arms. Enjoy your trip. I'll be checking in often.