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August 23rd 2014
Ninth Famiversary

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I’m running out of new things to say here.

Nine years. I can’t even remember life before the girls. The China trip a few weeks ago really brought this home. We are So. Incredibly. Lucky.

As I mentioned before – we don’t have the first Famiversary on this blog. But here are the others:

The second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth Famiversary.

H2 and S2

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June 26th 2014
Almost home

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staying awake

The long flight is behind us, we’re at SFO, waiting for our flight to Portland. The girls, as usual, were excellent travelers so far. They each slept about six hours on the flight from Beijing and have been reasonably cheerful and remarkably cooperative. Everyone is tired and exhausted. We had an amazing trip but now we are ready to be home…

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June 25th 2014
Cloud 9 Cooking School

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The other highlight of Yangshuo was Cloud 9 Cooking School.

girls at work

The girls got to prepare four Chinese dishes. Using woks on gas burners, seriously scary cleavers and some cooking and food safety techniques that would earn the facility a nice long conversation with their insurance company – if they were located in the US.

But don’t mind that – the results were amazing. Truly delicious dishes, cooked together by our family. And those dishes ended up being our dinner. Just awesome.

cooks and their dishescooks and their dishescooks and their dishes

The pictures don’t come close to capturing how excited and happy the girls were. Well, maybe this one does.

H2 is happy

This was definitely one of the absolute highlights of the trip – and maybe the best of the “cultural enrichment” activities.

The evening event (a local performance of folk song and dance on a stage right on the river) we skipped. Too tired, too many mosquito bites. We needed a break.

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June 25th 2014
Li river cruise to Yangshuo

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After a very short night in Guilin (桂林) we took a Li river cruise. We could tell that the scenery was stunning, but the karst mountains along the river were shrouded in haze and rain. So the only good pictures I have are of people on the boat or things near by in the river bank…

Li river cruise

Family picture. With extra (our friend A from Redding).

Waterfall along the Li river

The next picture show the reunion of three girls who apparently were best buddies more than nine years ago. H2, S2, and L grew up in the same orphanage and according to the documents that the families have access to, they loved to play with each other. Nine years later they still had fun hanging out together.

Former room mates

After we arrived in Yangshuo (阳朔) we had some free time and wandered around the main tourist drag – West Street (西街). We found a very decent latte and not one but two German beer gardens, one even with an authentic German named Rainer who had been working in China for a year and a half – and couldn’t quite logically explain how he ended up working in Yangshuo…

Other attractions included an old man with two cormoranes who for a very reasonable fee allowed himself to be photographed with tourists.

Cormoranes

For reasons I cannot fully explain, this is a type of shot of the girls that I love… please don’t interpret this as something like “I want the girls to leave me” – it’s just a very sweet perspective, one that to me captures “growing up” and “being independent” – yet being close to us.

Xi Ave 西街

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