Monday afternoon, after a long nap, Ada perked up quite a bit! We went with our friends, Kit and Jennifer, and their son Jake, for a walk around the block and then to dinner. Ada was taking in the sights, smells and sounds from the safety of her Daddy’s arms.
Later we meandered into a restaurant for some dinner (from a menu with pictures, yay!) And sweet baby Ada ate up half a bowl of rice off the end of Mark’s chopsticks! Little baby bird style. She’s proving to be quite the little eater.
Today started with a trip to the Waterwheel Park and then the Gansu Natural History Museum. Our guides are very knowledgeable and it was interesting to hear history of this region. Lanzhou straddles the Yellow River and was a major trade point along the Silk Road. Even now, it is considered a “Migrant city” with many residents originating from other regions.
Thankfully we didn’t have to cross the river on a sheepskin raft although it looked intriguing!
While at the museum, Ada started squirming to get out of my lap (a first) and popped up into standing while grasping my fingers! She then wanted next to her friend, Jake. She soon fell asleep on our tour of the exhibits.
After some yummy Lanzhou beef noodles (two platefuls for the baby bird), she napped at the hotel curled up next to me. Our Albuquerque friends had tried to set us up for a meeting with the Director of Foreign Affairs as they are friends and our cities are “sister cities.” Tonight we were graciously invited to dinner with the Deputy Director and his lovely assistent. He commented that it seemed as though we three had always been a family. Ada sweetly nibbled lotus root, lily bulb and tofu and impressed us all with her charm!
Tomorrow’s plan is Five Springs Park and the coffee place down the street. Woo hoo! Here’s one last smile for ya!