A few of my favorite moments from a trip my husband and I took back in September. It was our 5-year anniversary trip/visit our brother in China one more time/see our old friends and neighbors in Thailand kinda trip. It was so wonderful to travel and see new places, to rest and feel refreshed after some downtime at the beach, and to love and be loved on by some dear friends. And of course nothing beats the food. I'm already craving some more noodles and dumplings and pad thai and coconut curry and I could just keep going!
Our first morning in Beijing. Our goal was to take a portrait of ourselves every morning on our journey. We were terrible at remembering, but there's a couple of good ones throughout the post that I think one day we will look back on and really enjoy.
Spent our first day exploring our brother's neighborhood and planning our trip at a lovely little coffee shop around the corner.
Beijing, 798 Art District.
My favorite noodle dish. Eggs and tomatoes. Could eat that all day, every day.
Traveled up to a friend's mountain house just north outside the city. This is our first morning waking up in the fresh, crisp air. This place was a little slice of heaven on earth.
Just minutes after we arrived, the sweetest neighbors came over and brought us this basket of fruit from their farm. I was blown away.
Never leave home without our Sweetwater coffee.
Mornings spent up way earlier than my norm, watching the sun rise, drinking coffee and being in the Word. Gosh, I miss it already!
While in the mountains we decided to take a trip to a part of the Great Wall that was completely deserted.
Our pre-hike photo in case we were to get lost out there with no one around, this would be our last recorded moment ; ).
Can't even begin to explain the feeling you get when exploring something that seems to have been untouched for so long and it's just you (and your friends) and God's creation.
We quickly learned how terrible we were at jumping photos. How does everyone get synchronized? So hard! Haha!
Found this weird place in the middle of nowhere. We think it must have been a dam or something once. Now, it's just a never-ending place to run around and make noise!
Like I said, we're so bad at this.
Found this fun little opportunity to climb. Was probably a well once.
On the other side of the dried out dam, we found this chestnut farm so we hiked some more.
Had to take a photo of this place because this just isn't what you think of when you picture China. Reminds me more of the States or something.
Our last morning in Beijing before heading to Bangkok.
Our first morning in Bangkok. Notice how sweaty and humid it looks. Completely different from Beijing.
Our sweet friends' new place in Bangkok. We were so excited to be with them again and back in the same city we served together almost 2 years before.
Brought our friends along with us for a sweet time of rest and renewal and adventure, of course, in Railay.
Those small treehouse-like huts in the distance are where we stayed.
The Great View Resort, Railay, Thailand.
Our first day we went on an excursion to see this place, the Blue Pool, along with the Crystal pool and a natural hot tub springs.
On the way home, our driver dropped some other tourists off at an Elephant park. And in Thailand, you just go with the flow so we waited there at the entrance until it was time for us to leave.
I couldn't find a place near the Krabi area that I felt comfortable with supporting. There's a great rescue up in Chiang Mai but we weren't able to make it up there. So I was grateful for the little bit of unexpected time we got with these amazing animals. All I could do was buy all the fruit available and spoil them rotten.
The next day we went on another excursion and did a 5 island hopping trip by speedboat. This is Bamboo Island. Beautiful, but way too many tiny jellyfish for me.
The insanely beautiful waters of Maya Bay.
Back in Railay for the sunset.
Our group portrait at the resort's pool.
The cheapest, tastiest and greatest quantity of Thai iced tea we've ever found!
After a week in Thailand, we headed back to Beijing to help our brother pack up and get his things together for his move back to the States.
We took one last day to be tourists in Beijing and visit the historic parts of the city.
The weirdest phenomenon. They were selling these handmade clips everywhere! And people of all ages, guys and girls, had them clipped in their hair or on their bags.
A portrait of my brother in his last few days in the place he's called home for the past 7 years until the Lord calls him back.