Monday, June 20, 2011


Today was the first day with our new tour guide/assistant/nanny.

I'm going to name her Cat on here. She's a college student at a local university. She studies English and wants to be an interpreter. She likes kids and understands what I mean when I describe Connor as "all boy". Or at least she pretends to understand. :)

Cat took us out looking for places that we can take Connor to go play. We hit Gym*boree first, which in the US, is a monthly fee usually. Affordable. Here? China? Insanely expensive. We're talking crazy-expensive territory. I saw the price and almost fainted territory. I could go on, but won't.

BUT it was nice to let Connor run off some steam. The place was closed for its weekly sanitizing, so he got to experience and play in one of the classrooms. Talk about a treat! He had so much fun and had taken the edge off his energy by the time we left.

We went to another place that only taught English. No play time. Oops, not for us! Then another, but it was a public-government run kindergarten, so right idea, wrong setting. Then another, only training classes, music, language, karate, etc. Each class is a la carte, and is just too far.

By the time we were done with all of that, we must have walked five miles in 90 degree heat. We hopped in a cab and went to Pizza * Hut. But then we were hot, sweaty, and almost ready for nap time. We enjoyed introducing Cat to pizza as she had never had it before. I'm not sure she liked it, but she was a good sport and tried it. Tomorrow she is taking us to a traditional Chinese restaurant. Jon has expressed interest in joining us, so he can try it traditional food before he has to do it with co-workers. Smart idea, husband of mine!

We made it back to our room and crashed for nap time. Connor, who usually fights a nap, curled up and passed out.

I've got a load of laundry in and the little man is watching Wallace & ** Grommit on the computer. Its so cool to hear him laughing at the shows!

Tomorrow the plan is to visit another play place for Connor. Then shopping and our traditional Chinese lunch. Should be fun!

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