Yes that is my brother and yes we are travel buddies because both of us remain single at this point in time! This is us traveling at our finest in the big country of CHINA. I did not realize how big China was! We barely made a dent in exploring over there.
First thing learned.Great Wall of China. What I did not realize about the Great Wall is that you need to be in the best shape of your life to venture on the Great Wall. The steps are steep and very long! In some spots I had to crawl up because I was too short to simply walk up the steps. You may want to run a marathon before hand.
Second thing learned. The toilets are different. Squatters are what they are referred as. This made me very grateful for my sit down toilet at home. Also we took a train and the toilets on the trains were of course squatters, but the sewage is directly leaked onto the tracks.
Third thing learned. China is not the place for photo shoots on train tracks.
Fourth thing learned. China was surprisingly dirty. Every night when I went to bed and washed my face a film of dirt came off.
Fifth thing learned. You can order pig brain soup and people don’t look at you weird. Yes there was a mini brain floating in my soup. It was actually really good! Some other weird things I ate was pig heart, tree bark, robin eggs and basically anything and everything under water. At the Chinese market we bought star fruit and dragon fruit—that was also very delicious!
Sixth thing learned. Church is run a little bit different. I was able to attend an LDS branch with other Americans living in China on visas. There is a government official present every week. Before they start church they have to read through this document ensuring that they will not violate certain laws. The American branch or other foreign branches are not able to meet up with locals at all.
Seventh thing learned. Ni hoa means hello or hi in Chinese. I thought I did not understand Spanish, until I went to China. I understand Spanish, I DO NOT understand Chinese!