We are off!
In fact, we are already in the Philippines, and we have done two of our three flights. I’m not sure how much internet we will have on the island of Palawan, but if we do have some, I’ll try to do a couple of updates. Usually that is my aim while we travel, but it barely ever happens!
I seem to be a post-vacation travel blogger!
Our first two flights went well, and so far we are doing amazing! We were not looking forward to the awkwardly timed 7 hour layover in Cebu, but it has gone well. Waiting around from 2-9am is not the best time of the day… especially after only two hours sleep on the way here. I don’t know how, but we have actually enjoyed this waiting time. Surprisingly enough, the only problem has been that it is too cold in the airport. Believe it or not, we have been out of China over 12 hours and I’m still freezing!! I am yet to feel the heat…. I can’t wait!
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Eli asked for a burger as soon as we got to the Qingdao Airport. This from a kid who didn’t talk until a few months ago! I immediately glared at Justin!! We eat pretty healthy in this family, but last week, while I was out doing a photo shoot, Justin took Eli to McDonalds. Trust me, I’m not against McDonalds, but I am happy with Eli’s requests for fruit when he is hungry.
We got him a burger… But Justin was “in the dog box”. hehehe
The Chilled Traveler
Look at this little guy! He catches rides where he can, and can still lay down in the seat between us. He is LIVING THE LIFE, isn’t he!? Truly as comfortable as can be!
I love his little “doggie backpack”! We filled it with books and toys, and decided that he could carry his own stuff for a change. As soon as I put it on his back, he almost fell over backwards, and immediately said “tooooo heavy”. We all giggled and I quickly took some of the stuff out and put it into my backpack.
Eli seemed to pick up on our excitement as we got to Seoul, South Korea. We were all skipping along happily through the airport. I don’t know what it is about Korea, but it just makes our hearts sing. The smells, the sights, the people, and the food. On our way back to China, we were set to spend a night in Seoul, and we already felt the excitement starting to bubble!
It was soooo good to see some quality Christmas and winter decorations. Decorations in China is BLEAK guys, seriously! You have no idea! Think tacky red and gold… for everything. The displays in Incheon made us happy inside, and also a little sad. Korea has a way of doing that to us!
Passing the Time
We managed to pass the seven hours in Cebu pretty painlessly! I was excited to find that there were bags on pork rinds in almost every store. I decided not to buy anymore than a bag to munch on. Clearly they were a popular snack, and I would find them wherever we were going. Oh man… wrong, so wrong.
I didn’t come across a single bag of it on our travels around Palawan. If I had known, I would have bought them out. These are a great keno-snack! High in fat, zero carbs.
One more flight, and then a 1-2 hour bus journey to our final destination. For a “short” distance trip, it sure is taking us a long time to get there. 26 hours of travel… we could get from China to South Africa in that time!
We are thankful for the peaceful journey so far, and the beautiful adventures that lay ahead of us.