I'm still not in China. But in my imagination, I am there. So far, Marianne's been to Beijing, seen the Forbidden City, visited the Summer Palace, walked on the Great Wall, and toured Xi'an. In Xi'an, my brother-in-law's family treated the entire family, including the two ladies on the tour who were not related but were promoted on the spot to Honorary Family and the tour guide because what the heck.
It makes up for a lot, knowing that she's having the kind of experience I most wish for her.