Monday, May 5, 2014


Well, we've been in Asia the past two weeks.

I can't wait to tell you guys all about it.  I'm definitely going to blog about each day and some of the important things, I'll do a separate post on.  I do understand that too many pictures in one post may get boring and I also know that pictures with people are a lot more exciting.  And crazy stories in between are even better.

A few notes
 - I know how fortunate Kevin was to win this trip but please know, he worked his tail off.  He deserved every ounce of it.  So don't go saying your insurance rates are too high! ;)
 - We are thankful to live in the USA
 - I love toilets with a regular toilet instead of a hole in the ground - yes I have pictures to prove it.

Let's get right down to it.  We left the day after Easter (Monday, April 21st).

We cruised up to Chicago then had a 7:15pm flight direct to Beijing.  We arrived at 9:45pm on Tuesday, Beijing time.  They are a 12 hour difference from EST, and a FOURTEEN AND A HALF hour flight.  Yeah, I had some aid in sleeping.  And we had sweet seats on the plane....thank you status.

The transportation picked us up and we checked into the gorgeous China World Hotel.  This hotel ranks in the top ten hotels in all of China.  It was simply perfection.

Watson's tonic water?!

Benjy, Sarah, Kevin and I had a cocktail that evening in the hotel lobby bar.  Had to kick things off right.  Plus, we felt like it was 11am by this point.

But it wasn't, it was 11pm.  Still good times though.  We ended up hanging in their room for a couple of hours.

That was our day one.  Wow, so many fun things to tell you all about!


  1. I've been reading your blog on and off for some time, but I think this is the first comment I've made-- I'm excited to read about your trip! Sounds like an amazing adventure!!

  2. I can't wait to hear more of your recap! I've always wanted to visit Asia!

  3. I can't wait to hear all about it! Fantabulous!

  4. Ahh! I'm so glad you guys had a great time - I can't wait to hear more! I stayed in the China World Hotel my first night in Beijing too! We need to catch up and exchange our China stories soon! xo,

  5. Loved all of your pictures on Insta, can't wait for the full recaps!

  6. I can't wait to hear all about it and see all your pictures. Those 14 hours flights are rough! I did that from LAX to Sydney and didn't sleep a wink. I know better for next time.

  7. Love the toilet holes. When I was in Italy years ago we got off the train and I went to use that bathroom and it was just a hole in the ground. Cracked me up!

  8. Yay!! I can't wait to read all about it!! Please tell me what the heck you did on the plane for almost 15 hours!? Ouch!!!

  9. Welcome back!! Can't wait to hear more about your trip!!

  10. Cannot wait to read/see pictures!!! Glad you're back safely!!

  11. Can't wait to hear more! How fun!

  12. Kevin offers us a great insurance rate so no complaints there haha : ) Also, that hotel looks beautiful! Can't wait to hear more.