Yesterday morning I woke up at 7:30 a.m. to sunlight streaming through the window. For the first time in a week, I slept through the entire night. I felt as alive and refreshed as I did when my babies slept through the night for the first time. After days of waking up too early, dragging myself around all day in a fuzzy fog, sneaking in tiny naps and forcing myself to stay awake until a respectable hour, I was so happy that all that was behind me and I was back on track.
This morning I woke up at 4:15. I tried to go back to sleep, but it didn’t work. So by 9:00 this morning, I felt like I had accomplished a whole day’s worth. The trick is not to let myself nap, although I did have a little nap the day before I slept til 7:30. Dale is on almost the exact same schedule I am; it’s the weirdest thing.
On the way to Vietnam, due to flight connections, we spent a night and day in Shanghai. This was a bonus for Dale and I, and it gave us a little taste of what to expect when we go back in April. The evening we arrived, we went on a 45-minute river cruise to see the skyline at night. Apparently most – if not all – of these skyscrapers and modern buildings were built in the last 25 years. Across the river is the Bund, a European-influenced street, and it was interesting to see the contrast.
Then we checked into our hotel, which is one of the fanciest hotels I’ve ever stayed in. It took us a while to figure out that we needed to put the key card into the slot right inside the door to turn on the electricity. Without the key card in the slot, the lights would go one for a minute and then turn off automatically. We spent a lot of time stumbling around in the dark before we figured it out.
|The view from our room|