It’s been a busy day, but a good one. We started the day at the US Consulate office. We had a bit of a scare there because when we went through the first security check point, the security officer didn’t have us on the list of guests for the day. We’ve had this appointment for weeks. Our entire trip was planned around this one appointment. Kathy, our guide, was saying, “Don’t panic. Don’t worry,” over and over. So I just panicked silently! When in the world would they have an opening? Could we be here weeks longer? Thankfully, when the security officer finally got someone from the US Consulate Adoption Office to answer on the radio, and he said, “Timothy Joe Sharp”, the response I heard was “He An Ning” (Kate’s Chinese name). They knew us!!! Woo Hoo! Once we finally got in, all went smoothly.I know I’ve mentioned that Kate gets car sick. We had another episode on the way back from the consulate office. She’s thrown up in the car twice in the past three days. I sure hope it gets better in the US!
Due to our delay at the consulate and having to clean her up, we barely made the next bus at 11:30, but I was determined to go to the Pearl Market. I purchased a set of pearls for Kate’s 18th birthday and a jade pendant for her 16th. Tim and I bought Sophia a jade pendant as well to thank her for everything she’s done on the trip. She is in love with it.
We then took a taxi to Shamian Island to meet the Nichols one last time. Memories of our time on the island when we adopted Sophia came flooding back. We had so much fun walking the streets, taking in the sights, and shopping. I can honestly say that I didn’t realize how good we had it on Shamian Island back in 2005. To just be able to run out and do some shopping or take a walk while Sophia was napping was so much fun. The hotel we’re in this time is not nearly as convenient to all of the little shops. We also found today that prices are still much better on the island. I hope that once the White Swan is renovated, I can stay there again. For our 2005 travel group: We saw The White Swan up close today, and it looks awful. This is a MAJOR renovation.
We hung out at the hotel tonight and had Papa John’s delivered. Yes…Papa John’s!!! It tasted the most like the American version of anything we’ve had since we have been here. I’m pretty sure it was Kate’s first piece as she didn’t seem to know how to hold a slice of pizza.
Overall, Kate had a great day today. While we had our moments of car sick and another grieving episode when we left the Nichols, for the most part she’s been pretty funny today. Bella June’s family brought her a DS, and she’s turned into the official photographer of the trip. Today, she showed Kate how to pose, and I haven’t been able to get a picture of her since that she’s not in this strange pose. We have laughed our heads off, and she knows how funny we think it is. Can’t wait till I can post pictures to show you!
Some Shamian Island Pictures…
Today was our last full day in Guangzhou. We leave on a van around 4:00 p.m. tomorrow for Hong Kong. We will stay overnight there and then board our flight just before noon on Friday to head home. (That’s midnight Thursday at home.) The countdown to coming home is on. We miss you Ella and can’t wait to see you!!!