My brother Brian and his wife, Kristina, left for their new home in China today. They will stay there for (at least) 2 years. She was a teacher for Baltimore City, and ready for a change. She recently accepted a job as a Preschool Teacher at an American school in northeast China in a city called Dalian. It's very close a beach, and about 288 miles (1 hour by plane) from Beijing.
Here is a map of where Dalian is in China:
And here is an aerial view of the city:
They were nervous to start this new adventure, but also very excited. Kristina was telling me that she will actually have a fully stocked supply closet that she doesn't have to spend her own money on! I can't wait to hear about their experiences in a completely different culture. They will be keeping a blog of their own, as soon as they get it up and running I will post a link to it. Of course, as excited as I am for them, I will miss them very much! The girls are going to miss them too, especially Chloe. She understands that they are moving very far away, but she doesn't understand how long they will be gone.
They spent the night last night so Mike could take them to the airport early this morning. They got to our house around 9pm, and I kept the girls awake so they could see them! Our house has never been so rowdy! I finally put them down to bed at 10pm, without any protests. Needless to say, they slept in this morning. I got up early to see them off....I am not good with saying goodbye. It was tough. But, we will see them again soon.
Goodbye Brian and Kristina, we love you!