Category Archives: China 2014

October 8th – visiting the Li family

At 8:30 Matthew picked us up at the hotel. Kelly, mamma & baba joined us. On our way Lucy also from Hope for Chinas Children joined us too.

We went to the school that Li goes to an live at. Many children live there during the week. Li is 11 years old but there is younger children living there too. They only get home in the weekend.

Li was very shy. The other kids at the school were very courious about us.

We all went home to Li where her mother were waiting. A teacher from the school joined us in the bus. Li got our presents.

Their home is quite big but only has the most nessecery furniture. Linnea was very taken by seeing walls with no wall paper and how little they have.

Then we went back to the school. Matthew and Lucy were meeting the other girls in the Guangxi girl program and paying school fees. We were asked to sing a Swedish song and som of the girls sang for us. All to make conections and make the girls more open.

Li and Linnea were drawing and gave each other their drawing, they were connecting without a common language. They hold hands, make faces, laugh and really enjoyed each other. They sat together in the group photo and in the bus to the noodlesoop-shop.

Totally were around 50 people in 2 soupkitchens. We had agreed to buy lunch for the girls and their parent/granparent that also had come to the school. For 270 RMB (= 337,5 SEK) around 50 people got a noodlesoup lunch.

Baba bought Linnea and Li a cake and Linnea and Hans bought 10 more cakes to the girls in our soupkitchen. The others had gone back to school.

Across the street a woman were selling long shaped watermelons – 3 for 10 RMB – Hans were in heaven 🙂

We agreed to do 2 more homevisits with Matthew and Lucy. Li went back to the school and the 2 girls jumped on the bus with us.

The frist home was so far out in the country side that the bus couldn’t turn around and had to be pushed by Hans, the teacher and Matthew.

The girls parents were mental ill and her grandmother were taking care of everything at the age of 71. They were growing rice but it was destroyed by the wether. The house were in a very bad shape. No floor and it could be very cold in the winter. The girl was very sad and Lucy took care of her.

Matthew asked if we wanded to support them togehter with him and we gave 200 RMB. Linnea also wanted to donate som of her own money and gave 50 RMB.

The grandmother was very gratefull and didn’t like to take the money even though she needed them. We were all very taken by this family. And Linnea wished everybody on earth should have equal amount of money so no one would be poor.

The other girls family was also in the country side but they were better off. They had pigs and even though both parents had some diseases they did mangage better.

Back at the hotel we agreed with Matthew to meet up with Li again when we are back in Nanning to give her a small hand hold computer/gamer to have teeaching games in.

The school kid looking at us.


Linnea & Li


Li’s home



The girls are drawing


Making faces


Baba, the girls and the cakes


The cakes


Noodle soup


The first girls home


The door into the house


Inside the house


The view from the house


Turning the bus


Back at the hotel to take a swin in the pool


October 7 Monkey moutain

When we left the family home yesterday we thought we were going to the Monkey Mountain with Mamma, Baba & Kelly, but nooooo!!! The friends and family members wanted to come too. In total we were 15 people in a small bus.

We were picked up by Baba at 7:40 am. We drove to the main square where we had time to take some photos before going on the bus.

We drove for almost 2 hours on the most bumping road ever! The contrasts in the buildings are enorm. We drove though rice fields, banan feilds and karst mountains.

We started by walked down a lot of stairs, over a bridge and up lots of stairs. It was very hard work in the heat. The temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius.

Then we met the monkeys. They were taking food from our hands.
After more stairs we came to a resting arrea where Baba bought Linnea a green monkey and we had lunch.

Linnea and I bought the 2 children that ware with us a monkey too, and Linnea then wanted Kelly to have one too, so she got a red one. Linnea wanted to give Xiao-Wu (the daughter in law) a present because she is a litlle left out since she is the second wife of the son and did not know Linnea as a baby. Linnea bougt a painting for her.

After lunch we took a bamboo raft down the river and saw monkeys swimming in the river. Then up the mountain again taking a lot of photos.

The famlily is very conserned of us: Do we eat enough, is it too hot, did we drink enough water…. it is very easy to see that they care alot!

Main square


Main square


Banana field


Karst mountain


Monkey eating Swedish “pepparkakor”




Kelly & Baba at the raft


Monkeys at the river


Monkey swimming in the river


Beautiful scenery


October 6th Visiting the foster family

We have now seen more of Nanning in 2 days than we did back in 2007. I will write 2 posts one for each day….

Yesterday we were picked up by Loa-Huang (Baba), Kelly and a friend of the family. We triede to go to the train station to get our tickets but there were so many people so we just went home to the Huang family where whole family and friends were waiting for us. During the day more friends came to say hallo.

We started with some food and presents. Lao-Zhang (Mamma) had knitted scarfs for all of us. Linnea got 2 embroidered pictures and we all got a tea set. Linnea also got 2 teaspoons the she used as a baby, a stone found on the day she came home that would give her good luck and a string with a name tag that she was waring when from the orphanage.

We gave our gifts and talked and ate more food. Lao-Zhang had been cooking all day.

We went to se places where Linnea used to play and we went to a ticket office and got our trainticket.

The family is very happy to see Linnea, and Lao-Zhang tells everybody we meet that Xiaoxue is back!

Gifts from the family


How tall is she now?


Playing with the kids


Lao-Huang (Baba), Xiao-Huang (the son) & Lao-Huang’s brother looking at the photo book I made


Little Linnea with Baba


Big Linnea with Baba


Little Linnea


Big Linnea


Little Linnea


Big Linnea


Nanning by night


New shoes for our princess



As promised, here is the photos:

Sleeping in Beijing


Mormor in the plane to Nanning


Hans & Linnea in the plane to Nanning


Our plane in Nanning Airport


Mama & Linnea


One big family (the 3 friends and Kelly are not on the photo)


Majestic Hotel


View from the hotel


Our room


Dinner party


Departure and Arrival

2014-10-06 3:58 am

Going to bed at 9:20 pm + a very hard bed = awake now. But I do intend to go back to bed as soon as I’m done writing.

I woke up Saturday morning at 3:30 am. I realize I was more nervous this time than back in 2007. Finally we were going back to Nanning. We cought the train in time and met up with my mom in Copenhagen airport. Check in took 15 minutes – self service.
Finally I could relax.

The suitcases were to be picked up in Frankfurt since we were flying with SAS and changing to Air China there.

Well landed in Frankfurt we first took a tour of the airport by a driving plae, the by bus and finally we walked. 2 hours was just enought.

The 9,5 hours flight was a long flight. We were not allowed to use mobile phones in flight mode so it was a bit borring. Linnea, Hans and my mom slept for 2 hours, I slept for one.

I Beijng it took 2 hours from landing to being in the transfer arrier. The bagage was transfered directly to Nanning. Linnea fell asleep on a sofa and slept for 2,5 hours. My mom slept for one hour on the sofa, and Hans in a chair for a few minutes and I slept maybe 30 minutes too. We bought Chinese sim cards and there for it’s no longer possible to send SMS to us. You can call Hans or me if it is important. The Swedish number is forwarded to the Chines,

Final flight was the hardest. Very tight with the space. Linnea was awake and happy but we the adults fell asleep and woke up over and over.

When the plane landed I was realizing that when we were here in 2007 we took a little girl away from all she had ever known.

We landed in the new airport in Nanning, it opened one month ago.

We went to the bagage claim and every thing were there. Just opposite the bagage claim was the exit, and we saw alot of people waiting. And some were waving at us!

With tears in my eyes we went out and there they were; The foster family. Linneas family! Foster mom hugged Linnea over the fence. And gave her flowers. We all got flowers. People were taking photos and we found out how many that had come to meet us: 9 people!!
Foster mom, foster dad, their son, his wife, foster dads brother, 3 friends and Kelly. They all remembered Linnea and were very happy to see her again. Foster mom were hugging and checking out how big Linnea is now. Her hair, her lenght, her hands – every thing!

Linnea also got a huge fruit basket with mini bananas, grapes and a fruit I don’t know what is called.

They had 3 cars and we drove a long way to the hotel. My mom and Linnea in the car with foster mom, Hans and I with Kelly and foster dad.

I took pictures on the way having a hard time believing we finally are in Nanning.

Kelly who only just got to know the family describes them at a kind and loving family, the same impression that I have had for so many years. I remember that back in 2007 from the day we were got our referal (May 25th) to the day we got her (October 25th) I felt that she we in a good family and we didn’t need to rush to China to get her. I could not have been more right. This family were and is amazing!

We checked in at the hotel Majestic. I showed Linnea where we eate our first lunch with her and were she had been going up and down with the elevators. We got 2 room but quite far for each other so we changed them to rooms next to each other, but no connecting door. We are on the 9th floor with a view to the pool.

The family had prepared a visit to a restaurant just across the street. We had one hour to shower and get changed. At the restaurant the whole family and their friends were waiting for us. We ate good and hot food with a lot of chilli. Drank watermelon juice, bear and tea.

Linnea sat between me and foster mom. They were all very happy to see that Linnea can eat with cop sticks and that she can say xiexie (thank you).

After dinner Linnea and I got very tired! Linnea wanted to go to bed. Before we said “waa’an” (good night) we decided on meeting at 11:30 here at the hotel. We are going to pick up the train tickets Gulin-Nanning and then home to the family. It will be a day with food and presents.

We also asked what to call the family members….

Linnea will call foster mom “mama” and foster dad “baba” just as when she lived here. We will call foster mom Lao-Zhang and foster dad Lao-Huang. You put Lao infront of the name to show respect and because you are a close friend of the family. Lao means “the older”.
The son, who they describes as Linneas brother, we will call Xiao-Huang, and his wife Xiao-Wu. Xiao means “the younger”.

When we came up to the room I was so tired I could fall asleep on the spot. But we had some eletrical promlems. We found 3 plugs in the walls and we need to charge our phones and pads and I need a plug for my CPAP.

We have one by the desk, one by the bed and one with a lamp. The one at the bed does not work. I we pulled out the lamp the light in my moms and Linneas room started switching on and off. So we had to move around a little so that everything can be charged from the desk plug. Lucky for us is that Hans took an extention with him for 7 cables.

Now it is almost 5 am and I will return to my bed, hoping to ge a couple of hours sleep. Photos will be added when Hans is awake and can help me.

“waa’an”for now!

Last post from Sweden

Linnea has said “bye bye” to her friends this afternoon. It was clear that her 2 best friend will miss her a lot!

Many hugs and they want to look at photos and hear from her via Skype or email!

The hard part for me today was to leave Tindra. My sweet little baby – lots of hugging at home and we know she is taken good care of!

I have been cleaning and doing all the last minute stuff and in a few minutes we’ll hit the sofa, watch some TV for a short while before we’re off to bed. We decided to set the alarm to 4:30 to pack the cabin bags. Hopeless to do it to night – there are stuff we can’t pack until tomorrow any way!

So this is it! I’m turning off my computer and my next post will be somewhere on the way or in China!

Take care! Have fun!




1st of October – China’s National Day

Happy National Day!

Finally we are in October – a month that always has been and will be a very special month for us!

As a child I looked forward to the autumn holyday. One week off school that my family spend in the summerhouse doing craft, playing games or walked in the forest.

Also October was the month of my fathers birthday. He was born on the 27th 1932.


In 2001 Hans and I got married. We chose my fathers birthday since he was not with us anymore!


After many years of waiting we became parents on the 25th of October 2007.


Finally on the 9th of October 2010 Tindra moved in to shine with her presents ( Tindra = Shine).


This year we will celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary  and for the second time it will be in Nanning.  And of course we’ll celebrate 7 years as parents and as a family in Nanning where it all began!

Today is the last day for Linnea to play with a friend after school. Her best friend Mathilda! I’m sure they will miss each other and have fun when they Skype while we are in China!


Tomorrow is the day our rabbit Kajsa moves to town, she is going to stay with friends.


Friday we will pack the cabin bags and do the last tings on our to do list! And take Tindra to the dog “hotel”.

The alarm will ring on Saturday morning at 5 am, leaving in the car at 6 am and with the train 6:44 am!



Travel fever

With 5 days to go I surely got travel fever this weekend.

The mood has been down, the nervousness up!

We have know about this trip for more than 6 years. We have been planning and booking since February this year.

I have been the travel agent and I have loved it. I just took a look of my fist post about this trip – here – and I saw the photos! I have said it before and I will say it again! I can’t believe how fortunate I am to get to see all of this and to meet so many nice people!

It is a big “thing” traveling back. It is important that it will be a wonderful experience for all of us, and I know I have done the best I can planning it!

So why these nerves? Why bad mood, light headache and an up side down stomach feeling?

Well, I am big! I sometimes forget how big I am. My mind think I can do stuff but my body tells me otherwise.

So my mind is full of questions like:

  • Will my back hurt after carrying the suitcases?  (Probably not they have wheels….)
  • Will I fit in the chair in the plan?
  • Will the seat belt be able to reach around me?
  • Will my feet be able to carry me around all day every day?
  • What will I miss because I have to take a break while the others walk along?
  • What impact does my heaviness have on my family on the trip?
  • Will I get mood swings from the food?

Well, I know I can’t answer all of these question but what I can do is start work on the mood and the feelings I have – right now!

First step is to write here!

Next step is to decide a deadline for this down-mood! I have done it before and it works when you decide to let go! I feel I’m in a bit of a hurry, and I want to be able to sleep longer than to 4:30 am so I will put the deadline to after my shower today  – in a few minutes!

Third step is that I will get things done on my to do list and do things that makes me feel good, like tonight Line Dance class!

Off the shower to wash off this travel fever….


Guiyang to Guilin

Almost seems like I’m spamming you! Sorry!

I was barely awake at 6:30 am this morning when I got a message from Hans asking me to look at my email. I looked and PANG! I was awake!!!! Living my life in the……


The night train from Guiyang on the 15th arriving in Gulin on the 16th was canceled and the only other train was at 3:49 am – No way that was an alternative for us!

Hans had already looked at flight tickets and I started to search the internet.

Elong: 250 RMB + taxes/ person

Ctrip: 245 RMB + taxes/ person

China Travel Guide: 280 RMB + taxes/ person

There was a flight at 7 am with only one ticket left and one at 2:20 pm with 8 tickets left so I booked it right away!

I also booked one more night at the Starfish Foster home apartment!

I promise no updates the next couple of days! So……



Change of plans!

Sometime things happens fast!

I was chatting with our friend Jet, who lives in Guiyang with her family and runs Starfish Foster home. We are going to visit them from the 11th of October. We booked a hotel 1 km from their home.  But now Starfish has a volunteer apartment in the same complex as they live in. It has 3 bedrooms, living room, kitchen and 2 bathrooms, a washing machine and a balcony with a view to Jet & Co. apartment.

So we canceled our hotel and are now going to live in a Chinese apartment. It feels good. We will come even closer to the Chinese way of life and China.

Jet and I met in 2008 on an Yahoo group for families with Children from Nanning. Our families met in 2009 first here then in The Netherlands and now we are meeting in the country that brought us together. The children, Linnea, Robin & Norah are all from China and they are getting good a English and can communicate more and more!

Once again I am so amazed of what adopting Linnea has given me – (besides the best daughter in the world!) friendship I never expected, experiences I never thought of during those 9 years of infertility!

I only find one word to describe it with: LOVE!

Here is some pictures of the apartment and the time table is updated!

Volunteer apartment

Volunteer aparment

And some photos from the Miao village we might visit with Jet and her family!

Miao Village

Miao Village

Miao Village  Miao Village