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Back in the Good Old USA!


Friday, June 28, 2013

Whew - two weeks out of the country...it was a fantastic trip emoticon but I'm SO glad to be back home.

I now know why the toilet is also called the "porcelain throne!" China is an amazing place, but I won't miss the squatty potties - good thing my quads were in good condition emoticon

No workouts for two weeks and I felt it when I got back on the emoticon at home. But I was happy to be in decent condition when we tackled the Great Wall. Our guide took us to a steeper part of the wall that is much less crowded, it was magical. There were several spots where so steep I climbed down using my hands. Worked up a great sweat climbing up and down and felt like it was a real workout.

And then there was the food...
When it looks like this I'm at a loss to know how to even start tracking this! And of course all the meals were served family style and gosh darn, I went and left my measuring cups at home emoticon . About all I can say is yum, yum, yum. Did avoid the chocolate if only because it's pretty hard to come by over there. My guilty admission, however, is that I bought (and thoroughly enjoyed eating) a giant emoticon when we were delayed four hours in San Francisco on the way home.

Some of the highlights...
Tiananmen Square (was chilling to see the site of that infamous television image - which actually was about two blocks off the square itself, but not as photogenic).


Exploring the Forbidden City


Feeling the magic at the Summer Palace

Awed by the Terra Cotta Warriors outside Xian


Enjoying the city view from 100 stories up in the Shanghai World Trade Center


And getting another view of the Shanghai skyline from a river boat at twilight


Finally, I just want to say thanks to SP - while I'm still 6-8 pounds from my goal weight it was great to be down 15 pounds from last year. I know for sure that 15+ hour flight to China was so much more comfortable this year than it would have been last year. Can't wait to post photos when I'm at my final goal!




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-COURT- 7/3/2013 10:36PM

    No chocolate in China? emoticon

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SEWINGMAMACDS 7/2/2013 1:07PM

    Thanks for sharing your pictures - looks like you had a great vacation!

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KOFFEENUT 6/29/2013 1:28PM

    What an AMAZING trip!!! It looks like you have some terrific memories to look back on - and WOOHOO that you were in such good shape and able to enjoy everything while you were there!

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CATHEMARIE 6/28/2013 4:33PM

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Thanks for sharing your pictures! It's wonderful to travel and it's wonderful to come home.

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