The torch arrives

And the Olympic torch made its way to Nanjing!  It was on Tuesday this week that the torch made its stop in our city.  We were astounded by the show of people arriving from all over Jiangsu province to get a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse at the torch being carried towards the Olympic games.  Millions of people, literally, descended on Nanjing to take part in the celebration.

The event brought out plenty of nationalist fervor.  Everywhere you looked, there were reams of the national flag waving red and yellow above the crowds.  Vendors showed up selling flags, t-shirts, banners and stickers to hype the celebration.  The Chinese are very proud that it’s their turn hosting the Olympics, and make plenty of effort to emphasize the fact.

JM was in class when the torch came, and Liz missed it by about 10 minutes since the baby was asleep.  But when she went down to see the aftermath, a group of 30 Chinese tourists spotted her and the baby and rushed in all at once for the kill.  "A foreign baby! So cute! Smile! Look at his shoes! Such white skin!"  Leo lost it and started wailing on mommy’s shoulder.  It was all Liz could do to physically restrain them from touching and grabbing at the baby before they finally realized how overwhelming they were being and backed off.
In other news Leo’s little friend with the bird continues to try to offer some fun.  The other day he brought his bird right over to our table and plopped it down in front of us before our food arrived.  Umm, no thanks.  Leo doesn’t like playing with birds all that much, but maybe next time.


2 Responses to “The torch arrives”

  1. 1 coffeegopher May 29, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    How exciting about the torch! I saw it when it came into Atlanta for the games in 1996. It was so cool! I’m glad to hear people are excited about it. Have you noticed much protesting in Nanjing?

  2. 2 Becca June 4, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    How SCARY! I’m so glad you made it out of there safely! You’re such a good Mama bear! :o)

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