Saturday, April 08, 2006
We made it to the White Swan
I'm sitting in a coffee shop in Guangzhou next to a guy from Sweden, sipping a cup of coffee, and blogging. I'm finally able to post pictures without waiting 10 minutes for a page to load and then erroring out. Lisa's in the room with Lindy who's sound asleep by now. The pages on this site are in Chinese so I'm trying to hit buttons and hyperlinks from memory. I can't remember which one is the spell check so my apologies for any mistakes on any of the postings.
We left Changsha today around 2pm. It was a little sad in that we aren't sure if we'll ever make it back to Lindy's hometown. On the other hand, leaving Changsha means the process is complete on the Chinese side and it's in the hands of the US Consulate.
We are staying at the famous White Swan Hotel. It is much, much nicer than I imagined. Lindy has only stayed in 5 star hotels so we'll have to work on lowering her expectations in the future. Shamian Island is beautiful, and seems like a quaint neighborhood in Charleston rather than a city in China with 12 million people. We don't have much to do until Monday when we go see the doctor for a mandated check. Until then, Lisa plans to help the local economy while outfitting Lindy with stuff and collecting trinkets to take home. I don't have pictures available today but I was able to add them to previous blogs.
I still can't view our blog or the comments but my some of the emails we've received I gather that there are a few. The weather is much warmer than any weatherman forecasted so I wear whatever is clean and best matches the day's temps. Lisa continues to "happen" to match outfits with Lindy. We tried to pack light so tomorrow we going to have some laundry done again. Reminds me of the "ancient Chinese secret" commercial of the 70s and 80s.
The food has been awesome and Lindy still has not not met a spoon of food that she doesn't like. On the way to the airport, we stopped by McDonalds and introduced her to french fries. They're just as popular here.
Thanks to everyone for the emails. We think of you often and are starting to get anxious to head home. We'll post more pictures each day with the improved connectivity.
Don, Lisa, and Lindy