On Friday we were so tired from getting to bed late on Thursday so we had a really slow morning and a late breakfast. Wen spent most of the morning with his lego toy he got from the Jioazuo market. He is really good at lego!
We had a few things we needed for Wen and the guides were helping us to order/find it so that was good. After that was taken care of, we decided to go to lunch at a restaurant we liked from the last trip. It wasn’t as good as we remembered BUT, Wen’s noodles were really good! He orders noodles every single time. Boy can he slurp them down! It is quite a feat with chopsticks too, in my opinion.
After lunch we went to the Zhengzhou aquarium. It was his first trip to an aquarium – he was a little timid. Especially feeding the sea turtle (until the lettuce dropped on his head, which he thought was hilarious) and seeing the sharks.
We also wasted over an hour trying to get a cab to take us to the aquarium. We ended up having to rent a private van to come and get us after no taxi would take us… (but other people were going and coming in taxis)…we feel like we were discriminated against. In Zhengzhou we even had people wait for another elevator and not want to ride with us – when there was plenty of room. So strange! As if a wheelchair would somehow harm them. We get a lot of looks…and we have yet to see anyone else around in a wheelchair other once when we saw an elderly person being pushed in one. Handicap access and less ignorance is something we take for granted back home. Things are WAAAAAY different over here.
One of the coolest things today was Wen kept asking for us to play his favorite song in the room – he heard it on Wes’ ipod on the trip to Jiaozuo. He’s been singing it nonstop since. Turns out it was one of the songs of the Bring Me Hope camp he attended over the summer.
I think it could be his theme song now too…definitely the theme song for our trip:
We also got to FaceTime some with the family – since today was Thanksgiving for them!
We can’t wait for Saturday – WenXuan’s 12th birthday, all the surprises we have planned for him as well as a change of city and weather as we pack up and head to Guangzhou for the next week and our consulate appointment!