Isaiah 43:5

Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. Isaiah 43:5

Saturday, September 14, 2013

China - Day Fourteen - Last Day in Guangzhou.....Packing Up and Taking One Last Taxi Ride....

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 is our last full day scheduled in China.  Tomorrow morning at 5:30 a.m. (5:30 p.m., Wednesday night for those  on the East Coast of the U.S.A.) we will board a van and travel approximately 2.5 hours to the Hong Kong Airport.

Today, we needed to "pack it in" - suitcases repacked, carry on bags packed with toys, neck pillows, light sweaters, reading material and lollipops!  While Mommy did the packing, Daddy and Lucy girl went "out and about" the hotel and nearby Guangzhou to keep busy.  Daddy found an interesting little local grocery shop as well as a place to pick up a few snacks (including some "frozen milk tea" for Mama!)  He even took a picture of his purchases :)

This cool grape flavored water had a
marble in it to entertain the kiddos!

Grocery Store in Guangzhou
Snack goodies

Emily's flight from Beijing went well and she landed here in Guangzhou at 2:10 p.m. as scheduled.  A driver picked her up from the airport  and brought her the 45 minutes to the Garden Hotel where Daddy and Qu Yan Lucy were waiting in the lobby for her and Mommy stayed in the room in case there would be a phone call from the driver or Emily.  We were very thankful to have no incidences and have Em with us again!

We decided to try "Malaysian Cuisine" for our supper.  Emily was hungry and we ate early.  At 5:00 we had the restaurant to ourselves.  We ordered some pasta, rice and meat dishes (ordering based on the pictures from the menu!)  and shared everything.  We decided that Malaysian wasn't our favorite but we gave ourselves a pat on the back for trying something new and different.

Since Emily had not done any sightseeing or shopping in the Guangdong province, we decided to visit yet another plaza that we were told was about a 10 minute taxi drive from the hotel.  Ok -- that is IF you're not leaving the hotel at rush hour when everyone and their brother is trying to grab a taxi also!  After waiting about 20 minutes to get a taxi and then traveling about 30 minutes in heavy traffic we arrived at the destination!  This shopping district was more modern and westernized then any other we had visited. 

Wearing her new shades at night!
Soon after we arrived back in our hotel room we showered and set the alarm for 4:30 a.m.!  Trying to mentally gear up for the L-O-N-G trip back home.


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