Monday, April 11, 2011

A New City

Katie's passport is in hand! We traveled by plane to Guangzhou where we met Jack Mao. He has been facilitating adoptions for 13 years, helping over 1,000 families. Guangzhou is a very modern / Westernized city. We are staying at the Garden Hotel. It is by far the nicest hotel I've ever seen. The room is a junior suite with an office, a living room, a large bedroom, and an incredible bathroom with walk-in / full room shower, remote control wall shade between the bedroom and bath, TV speakers, etc. When we arrived, there was fresh fruit and a gift basket for Katie filled with Johnson & Johnson bath supplies and an adorable stuffed panda dressind in a traditional Chinese silk shirt. So cool! We were exhausted, but the trip just became more of a time to be pampered. Before we left Xi'an, Bryan and I took a walk. We passed lots of children leaving school to get their lunch. Watching the kids interact and socialize reminded me that kids are kids, no matter where they are. Some greeted us with a little English. Others were startled to see pale-skinned, round-eyed, blonde-haired people. It was good to leave the protective bubble of the hotel and mingle with the people of Xi'an. They will always have a special place in my heart and in our family's history.

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