Tomorrow we are off for an extended weekend trip to Beidaihe, a beach in Hubei province about two and a half hours from Beijing (on the fast train — 5 on the slow). We’ve been telling Parker (our 4 year old) for the last few days that we’re going to the beach and today she final said in an annoyed tone to my wife, “Why does Dora always get to go to the beach every time and we never do?” Some context: Parker watches “Dora saves the Mermaid” (Dora the Explorer) on my laptop all the time, and in it, Dora goes to the beach. So she mixes up the fact that she watches the same video all the time with Dora being some avid beach comer. She senses our lack of frequent beach trips to some kind of injustice. It was cute. My wife tried to explain that Dora was just a cartoon, but she didn’t seem to buy it.
Also, a shout out to my wife’s blog, here. She’s recently been on a real streak blogging about various things associated with our stay in China and the cultural interactions we inevitably have along the way. The last post — on the “1st of 2,337″ things she’ll miss about China is particularly noteworthy.