Last night was the first time we landed in a room with a bed in 48 hours and it felt great! With the time change most of us did not sleep long. We woke up, had a devotional and headed down to the most amazing breakfast.
First stop- Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City. On the way to the square our tour guide, Ming, told us that she would lose her job if she lost anyone at Tiananmen Square. She told us several times of the importance of everyone staying together. After 3 hours of an amazing tour we loaded up on the bus and headed to lunch. About 20 minutes into the drive I heard someone say, “Where’s Raymond”. Yes, he was “that guy” you know – the one that was lost. Immediately we all guessed what happened; the place was packed and Raymond is our designated photographer who is working hard to capture pictures for our entire group. We guessed he stopped for a picture and lost us in the sea of parasols. We arrived at the restaurant and said a prayer and Professor Hatch, David Chen and Ming headed back to Tiananmen Square. Ming was worried sick. Meanwhile, the rest of us ate peeking duck and worried that we had lost our fellow trekky. However, we all knew Raymond is a seasoned traveler who has lived in Taiwan and has trekked India- so truly we knew he would be fine. Within an hour he walked into the restaurant with his rescuers. Everyone cheered and clapped that our lost brother was now found. Now, every joke leads down the road of “Don’t forget Raymond”. We finished off the day visiting The Summer Palace.