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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Guangzhou

We did arrive in Guangzhou (sorry to leave you hanging). I've heard it before, but I'm not sure that you can really get a sense for it until you're here - SHAMIAN ISLAND IS ADOPTION CENTRAL! Every place you walk into, the first thing they ask is "you here to adopt? How old your baby? This size fit her!" The US consulate until recently was here on the island. For that reason, most Americans adopting from China end their journey on this island. All of the people on the island speak at least broken english. They really cater to American adoptive families. The island is packed full of elated parents, and precious children. It is such an amazing experience to walk the streets and see so many families with their babies in strollers out enjoying the day. It is a precious site.
The first thing we did when we arrived on Saturday afternoon was head to the famed "Lucy's" restaurant. Every adoptive family has had to have eaten at Lucy's. It has gained a status all it's own among families that arrive here wanting food that in any way resembles american food. It was so welcomed by our family.
On Sunday, we went to the Guangzhou zoo. It was a great way to burn off a little energy, and a fun way to spend a morning as a family. We were able to see elephants, giraffes, lions, and a siberian tiger very closely. It was really neat! We also were able to see a panda bear, though it was not near as close, and was caged so the view was somewhat obscured. There was also a small amusement park attached to the zoo, so the kids were able to ride a few rides. We all had a great time.
Back to the island we went and enjoyed an afternoon nap, and a little shopping, and rounded off our evening with a great dinner with several other Harrah's families at a Thai restaurant here on the island. I must say, I don't believe that I've ever eaten Thai food. I was very hesitant, but I went along because I wanted to enjoy the company of the other families. I was very pleasantly surprised. THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT! If you find yourself on Shamian Island, YOU MUST TRY THE THAI RESTAURANT!
So, now it Monday (I think, the days are kinda all mushed together in my brain right now). Today we will complete paperwork for our consulate appointment, and have our red couch photo taken with the other Harrah's families. I can't wait for that! What a treasure to have a picture of all of these precious children (qt's).
Ok - I tried to add pics - for some reason, it's not letting me. I'll come back and try again later.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Julie said...

The last leg of your journey! I hope you have fun shopping.

4:50 PM  

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