Terracotta Warriors: You can’t take it with you when you go – but you can try


“This is amazing,” I thought to myself while looking over the oldest army in the world.  It almost seemed surreal to me when I imagined that I could be standing in the same spot Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China, stood around 2226 years ago to survey his army when it was vibrantly painted and ready to march off to battle. Qin Shi Huang built this army to fight for him in the afterlife and to protect his tomb from intruders, and though these clay warriors may have failed their original mission, many of them still stand strong thousands of years later as a testament to his name. And that is an accomplishment to be proud of.

Continue reading “Terracotta Warriors: You can’t take it with you when you go – but you can try”


A Chinese Pool Party


A large part Ochsner Family summer is usually spent in the water, but because of our move we did not set up our pool or get many opportunities for swimming before we left. The weather here in Beijing is equivalent to the heat of Kansas City, but much more humid. Almost every day it has been in the upper 80s to mid 90s, but it always “feels like” about 100 degrees because of the humidity. The summer weather in Oklahoma is usually that warm, or even warmer, but in Oklahoma we don’t spend as much time outside in heat. Yesterday, we had finally reached our breaking point and decided we just had to jump in the pool, no matter how far we had to go to find one. And so another adventure began…  Continue reading “A Chinese Pool Party”

Our First “Real” Adventure


We have been in China about two weeks now, but it was not until last Saturday we took our first ‘real’ adventure. We decided to start off our sight-seeing slow by going to visit the Forest Park, which is located just out side the hustle and bustle of Beijing. With a direct bus ride to right outside the parks gate, this should be easy. Right?

Wrong. Continue reading “Our First “Real” Adventure”