Wednesday, July 09, 2008

More tips about travel to China

So we have had more time to think about tips to pass along to all of you.





1. If you are going to buy t-shirt buy them at least 1 size bigger then you would normally wear or maybe even 2 sizes.... LOL Let me just say those Olympic t-shirts Riz bought are going to make nice night shirts for Sophia in a few years LOL





2. NO liquids in your carry on bags in China travel. NO liquids no 3 oz containers in a quart size bags no medications (only insulin).





3. Bargain everywhere you shop it is customary and they expect it. We started at half the asking price and then settled somewhere in between.





4. Have a back up plan if you intend on posting to a blog or website. I was able to post to our blog while in Beijing but not in Nanchang plus I was so exhausted some nights I just could not post. My good friend Cheri was gracious enough to post pictures to our blog to keep everyone happy.





5. While traveling keep your Passports, ID's, and Airline tickets easily accessible not packed in your carry on. We seemed to always be behind the family who had packed theirs in their carry on suitcase (they were not with our agency. Those of you who traveled with us know who I mean, just think BIG COUNTRY LOL) It was SO annoying to always have to wait for them to dig out what they needed.





6. Bring a thermos so you will always have freshly boiled hot water ready for a bottle or washing bottles/nipples





7. Have your laundry done outside of the hotel it is way cheaper. While in Nanchang we had it done at Tiffany's (it was a bit wrinkled but clean) and while in Guangzhou we had it done at the Ladybug Store next to the Cow and Bridge restaurant.





8. While in Guangzhou take a morning walk down by the river to see the local people doing Ti Chi it was really a nice morning and so amazing to see hundreds of people doing Ti Chi.





9. Don't be afraid to try the local food we went with 3 other couples and our guide to a local restaurant in Beijing and had the best meal and experience dinning out.





10. Did I mention not to over pack? LOL





11. Download SKYPE to your laptop and practice using it before you go so you will know how to while you are traveling. having SKYPE allowed us not only to talk with family and friends while we were there but also take to the Airlines the day our flight was canceled. We were able to get confirmed seats on the same flight the next day. We were very lucky the flight was full and most of the rest of our travel group had difficulty getting home.





12. Which brings me to this one.. IF you happen to get stuck in China one more day or even a few more days try to not stress everything will be OK you will get home. Try to make the best of a bad situation we all chipped in helped each other and shared Chinese money, SKYPE, food and Water while at the "Hell Hotel"





13. Don't feel bad about using the stroller if you need to. Sophia LOVED and still LOVES the stroller. When we got our disposable cameras developed that we sent in our care package she had been sitting in a stroller so was very used to it. We just made sure that every time she was in the stroller one of us was in front of her so she could see us and we would bend down and kiss her over and over. I have a beautiful Mia Ti wrap that Sophia HATES and it has never been used LOL.....





14. When you get home be prepared for JET lag it WILL kick your butt. If by some chance you manage to be OK you can count on your baby's clock to be turned around. It will be several days before everything is right again. It took Riz and I about 5 days to feel like ourselves again (even yesterday I got this wave of overwhelming tiredness and we are back 2 today).Sophia still is not right her sleeping is way off from her China sleeping habits...I am not sure it will ever get back to that but it is improving so it is all good....

and now for some 4th of July Baby Cuteness............




14 comments:

Lily said...

Cute pictures. Great advice for travel to China. I'll make it there someday. Glad you guys are recovered from your jet lag and enjoying Sophia. In Shelton, WA. Start work July 28 for 12 weeks then to San Diego for conference. I'll see Carolyn there, hooray. She misses you guys. Dr. Meza closes his door when he is free and does not talk to her like we did.

Tamara said...

Beautiful! She looks so cute in her Red, White and Blue.
I am so glad that SKYPE worked for you- I loved it and was happy to be able to call home and the airlines. Moose and Goose loved their strollers as well-and we never used our carrier for either one of them.

Sophia is beautiful-
Tamara

our treasures said...

She is so stinkin cute. God is good, or should I say GREAT

Stephe said...

Hey girl, #4, I cannot afford a plane too!!! This process has already maxed out my budget!! Hee. Hee. Love ya, Stephe

Stephe said...

Sophia is just too cute in that Bathing Suit!!! Stephe

Kevin & Kimberly said...

You have some great tips Susan, and I totally agree with all of them!! I hope you are completely over the jet lag..that is a killer!

I love Sophia's 4th of July bikini outfit. You really have some great outfits!!

I love the first picture. It looks like she is dancing!

She's a sweetie!!

Sophia's Mama said...

LOL Stephe you crack me up LOl thanks for the heads up...

amy said...

thanks! I love reading helpful hints!

Cute pics!

Layla said...

Sophia is just too cute! In the first picture it looks like she is getting her groove on. Did she by chance pick up any dance moves from her Daddy? We know Riz sang and danced for her in China. She is a little beauty.

Cheri & Shane said...

Great pictures....what a cutie pie in her little striped bikini!!

She's so thin and tall...remember what Shane said "The Number 10" LOL

geminirn said...

AWWWW!!!!She looks adorable in her little outfit!!Too cute!!!

Mike and Rhonda said...

Sophia is so cute. The pics are adorable....she is bustin' a sag. Too cute

renee said...

Hi Susan & Riz, I'm Cheri's sister Renee. I don't view the blogs very often because my boys keep me busy, but I had some free time today. I was checking out Cheri's blog and then I thought I would check yours out, as well. Sophia is a real beauty. I'm so happy for you and glad that you and Cheri can enjoy this experience together. May God bless you with much more excitement and joy by bringing Sophia into your lives.
Renee

Sherri said...

She's too too cute!