Author Archives: Alex

Solar Panels on our roof

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If you click on the panel below, you can follow in near real time the electricity production from our solar panels array on our roof.

Happy New Year! Bonne année !

Happy New Year, Bonne année et bonne santé à tous ?

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, Bonne année et bonne santé à tous 🙂

voeux 2016

Zhangjiajie

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Today, we spent the day visiting the Tianzi mountains, just north of Zhangjiajie, also called the « Alleluia » mountains, where some famous « Avatar » movie scenes were shot. The clouds (and even a bit of rain just after our lunch) didn’t prevent us and many other Chinese tourists to discover these amazing landscapes, and bring back a few pictures to make sure you’ll want to go see them too!


 

Xi’an

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2 nights and one day spent in Xi’an, a former capital of China, where we could see the world famous Terracotta warriors, the biggest bell tower of China and a traditional show. It was beautiful, but it was not easy to adjust from 4 weeks volunteering to being in a 150% touristic environment!

 


Qianhai Lake

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This was our last week-end in Beijing, we visited a popular lake downtown to enjoy the life here. Below are a couple of pictures of that day…

 




Timelapses…

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1 hour 40 minutes drive from south Beijing into downtown (about 45 km) in about 1 minute…


3 hours walk on the wild great wall in about 1:30…

Pictures of a great Week-end

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This week-end, we went on a « Wild Great Wall » hike on Saturday, and visiting the Lama Temple and area in Beijing on Sunday.
It took us 2 buses, and a boring 5 hours in traffic to get to the starting point of the hike, but it was well worth it. We first had a good lunch, and then climbed to the wall, and walked a 10km loop up and down. At some point we were in the clouds, adding a touch to the wild ambiance, and we only crossed the path of one other group in almost 4 hours of walking. The kids waked all the way, in front of everyone most of the time! The ride back was much faster, and everyone was really tired.
It was therefore much easier on Sunday, when we experienced a Chinese Hot Pot restaurant after strolling in a Hutong, and then visited the Lama Temple.
Here are some pictures and video of the week-end:


Temple of Heaven

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Today, we went to visite the Temple of Heaven. Beautiful, but such a hot day!


Our life in Beijing

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It’s been more than a week now that we arrived in Beijing, and we’re settling down. The jet lag is now over, and we have found our way around for most of the little necessities of life, such as groceries, laundry, restaurants, getting around and of course what is expected of us here at New Day. Our kids are enjoying a VBS camp that will last 2 weeks, with lots of other kids, activities and fun. Juliette spends a lot of time in the Foster Home, helping the nannies with the kids activities as much as she can. Alex is taking tons of pictures of the kids (if you check New Day’s web site or Facebook, you may see some pictures of the beautiful children taken by him), and is also helping with a project to create videos to teach sign language to nannies and volunteers. We also attend a Chinese class daily, and all this fills our days pretty quickly. The week-end is dedicated to relaxing or visiting around or like today meeting with Yulin (our amazing adoption agency director) and her family in her favourite restaurant.

If we are very impressed by the very good organization of the volunteers staff and the great management of the New Day Foster Home, the most important thing in all this is the amount of love poured in this amazing place for the kids who needs it so much. This feeling is so important for us, as we realize now how much love E. was given when he stayed here for 1.5 years. Giving back a little bit makes even more sense to us now that we can see in action how much attention, care and tenderness can help these children bloom and become what they are meant to be.