14.09.2010 32 °C
Notice the weather. Monday and Tuesday were sunny and hot. None of the usual rain.
Before I go further I should explain that we are located on Shimian Island in Guangzhou. Shimian Island is in the Pearl River and is a bit of a tourist area. In particular, it is area where all the adopting families are housed. The island is small and takes only about 10 minutes to walk from end to end. There are two large hotels on the island that are used by the adoption agencies - the White Swan, our hotel, and the Victory. Between the hotels are a large number of small shops that cater to the adopting families. They have names like Susan's and Jordan's. Each of the shops carry a myriad of products, check out the sign for Susan's.
By the way, I met the owner of Susan's on a walk on Monday. He struck up a conversation, invited me in for tea and we solved a few of the world's problems. Anyway, I enjoyed the conversation and we went back for more tea, conversation and shopping on Tuesday. Profitable venture for him and good conversation for us.
We are in a holding mode at present as the adoption paperwork winds its way through the process. Chris has to be available periodically to keep the process moving but for the next 3 days we will have a lot of free time.
Monday was a busy day for us. We went exploring and shopping in the morning. Levi went to the clinic late morning to have his TB skin test checked and we went to the Pearl Market in in the afternoon. The Pearl Market may have started out as the place to get pearls but now it is one of the largest shopping areas I have seen. Sue did shop for pearls for a granddaughter but the shop was one of many in a large, multi-story building filled with small shops next to an equally large building focused on something else on filled with equally large buildings. We went on a Monday afternoon and the area seemed very busy to us. I am told on weekends that the crowd can be shoulder to shoulder. In the evening Sue and I went on the Pearl River cruise. You will see photos of lighted buildings and cruise boats in the photo gallery.
Tuesday was another shopping and exploring day. We stopped at Susan's as I mentioned earlier.
Wednesday, today, is another free day except Chris and Lora need to stay in their room in the morning. Their papers are being reviewed at the US Consulate and they need to be available to deal with any questions.
Late News: Levi's paperwork was just approved at the Consulate. We are good to go!
Thursday is free except that we need to visit the Consulate to take the "oath". Friday we should get Levi's visa and immigratin paperwork. Saturday we fly to Beijing and then Sunday we fly to the US.
Our stay in China has been great but it has been long enough. We are ready to get back to our homes and our regular routine.
Once we get back to the US I will organize all the photos in a good chronological order and post them to another site. I will post the linke here.