Thursday, January 01, 2009

When Fantasy Meets Fact

Most people who really know us know that the Ballas just aren't Disney people. In actuality, we have nothing against the place. In fact, Steve and I started dating during our high school senior trip to Disney! Many of our best friends frequent the place and would probably move into the Polynesian permanently, if given the chance (right, Donna!?). That being said, we've had a few conversations with other families about this topic, and have come to the conclusion that fact wins out over fantasy in our household.

So here we are in real Harbin. It's freezing cold and the ice is thick. We head to Zhaolin Gongyuan for the ice sculpture festival and can see its beauty from blocks away. Huge ice buildings, some as tall as five stories, lit in neon colors, and glistening in the night. We hurry to the ticket gate, and are greeted with this year's theme. You've got it...Disney!

This struck me so funny, given our orientation with respect to Disney. No matter, it was as spectacular as Disney itself (and even included two rounds of fireworks!), with thematic sculptures of characters and scenes, structures like the ship from Pirates of the Caribbean, spaceships from Toy Story, and, of course, Cinderella's castle.

While the Chinese clown band could have been left off the schedule, this was a great opportunity to hang with Mickey and the gang on a New Year's Eve that will be difficult to forget...Fairy tales really can come true!



At 7:04 AM, Blogger BOBH-NJ said...

Hi Desi,

Harbin looks amazing. Sounds like you're having a great trip. I would ask what's new, but I've already read it from your blog.

Bob Halter

At 8:02 AM, Blogger The Balla Family said...

Wow, Bob!

It's great to hear from you! Glad you can "join" us on our trip! Please let us know what you're up to!!!!
Harbin was amazing...actually, every part of China we've seen so far has been amazing! It's so exciting to be in a place so different from what we're used to in every sense.

Desi and Steve

At 8:47 PM, Blogger BOBH-NJ said...

I'm doing well. I still live in NJ, but at least out of Carteret. I still work in IT, try to keep my skills up to date in all the internet technology while avoid being outsourced. I have been dating Patty since 2001, we moved in together in 2003, got our dog in 2005, and just had our 'dream house' built this past spring. That's the short version.

Last week, there was a mini band reunion in Menlo Park.

Email about yourself when you get a chance. My email is my name


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