We "met" recently via the world wide web when we realized we'd be traveling to China at the same time and our kids were at the same orphanage.
|Lily with Sonia's 2 boys (Joey on the left and Jacob on the right).|
Sonia is definitely someone you want to know when you are about to embark on an adventure like the one we are preparing for.
See, Sonia knows people.
She's got connections.
She asks. They answer.
And the other day, while reading her blog, she dropped some knowledge on me that was profound.
What was it?
In a word: Jibbigo.
And what is that you may ask?
Think "universal translator" from Star Trek that you download as an app to your phone.
You speak English. It translates to Chinese.
You (well OK, not you, but let's say some really cute 8 year old Chinese girl) communicates in Chinese, it translates to English.
This is huge. Because there are some very, very important things we will need to communicate to others while in China.
Like "Where is the nearest Starbucks?"
And "Could you please point me in the direction of the nearest toilet that flushes?"
And of course, one of the most important things we'll need translated~
Something I have been waiting months to communicate~
"You, sweet girl, have one of the most beautiful smiles I have ever seen..."