I had to pinch myself to believe it, but we made it to Beijing! 150 hours of train travel, six days and nights on the Trans-Manchurian where we shared laughs, frustrations, compared cleanliness levels, sleep patterns and time zone theories.

We rolled in at 5:30 am Beijing Time to a near abandoned station. No matter, it feels good to stand on solid ground.

What’s in order? Coffee, dumplings and a real bed. Oh, and showers. Probably two in a row, at least.

And here’s the video to prove our arrival!

The Great Wall left me speechless. It might for you as well. Have you been?