Yesterday, we went to our most important appointment and got Philip’s Visa at the US Consulate. I took a few photos outside the consulate – the architecture of the consulate was amazing – probably one of the more interesting and beautiful buildings I’ve seen. Those photos are on Wes’ phone so I’ll have to post later on…sorry!
After we finished the visa appointment (and we got the visa today – phew! some families have been stuck here for a long time because of hangups at the consulate but thankfully all went smoothly for our entire group!) we headed in a cab to Shamian Island where the consulate used to be – it is also where most US adoptive families used to stay in China but because the White Swan hotel is under renovations, most agencies have their families stay elsewhere now. It reminded us a lot of Charleston or Savannah.
We dressed the boys up and tried for a family photo…
Rand was impossible to get to smile. He was so not into taking photos, until Chinese people came up to take his photos. He’s pretty much a celebrity around here. This is pretty typical…
When they realized they had an audience, they started goofing off.
You may see my children on someone else’s facebook or youtube…they’ve been photographed a lot.
We’ve taken quite a few too. We have a lot of time to make up for with Philip.
There is also a Christian church on the island. I think it is still “controlled” but it’s there and has services on Sat. night and Sunday mornings. Maybe next trip we can come to one of the English/Mandarin services.
Some friends also helped us find a shop on the island that sells English/Mandarin Kid’s Bibles. So we got one of those for Philip to have and some traditional Chinese outfits for our group photo in the afternoon and for the boys to play dress up with at home.
Just like all over China, on the island they also had exercise equipment for the public to use. So the boys had to try it all out…
We caught a cab back to the hotel and crashed for a few hours then went down to the lobby for our group photos.
Best attempt at one of all the kids in our group. They were a sweet, fun bunch to be with and we will miss them all. We have definitely been in an adoption friend bubble here!
Our entire group – minus our two guides Jason and Grace. I need to get a photo of them!!
Today we went to the Guangzhou Zoo – I will have to write about that later, maybe at the airport. We are in our room now while the boys sleep for a few hours before getting ready to leave for the airport at 10pm our time to catch our 1:50am flight to JFK. We’ll be home at 10:30 to RDU (your time) which will be close to 30 hours later than it is right now! One long day, but worth it to get home.
I am going to miss Guangzhou. And am sad for Philip to be leaving all he knows – the food, the Chinese-speaking people, his birth country, and somewhere his birth parents, etc. There aren’t really words for it, but we know it’s the right thing.
This is the view from our room. We’ve loved seeing it all in bloom – especially the red kapok trees.
Guangzhou has been my favorite place so far and I look forward to returning in, hopefully, a few months…
See you all soon!!!!!!