China was a bit of a challenge for me. It is a serious country filled with very serious people. I’m standing in front of the Forbidden City surrounded by citizens who looked less than thrilled that we were there. To say I didn’t blend in would be a huge understatement. No one said anything or was rude in any way, but I could feel the tension. Across the street is Tiananmen Square. Ultimately, we entered the Forbidden City and it was as beautiful and you would imagine. Video cameras are noticeably everywhere (look over my left shoulder) and uniformed security officers were never out of sight, be it here or the side streets, you were never alone. I was a stranger in a strange land…and someday, I hope to return to learn more about this amazing country and it’s people as I feel as if I have just scratched the surface.