|Don't know where I'm going and I'm scared!|
We then were scanned through security and proceeded to the second floor where several other adoptive families were also waiting. A gentleman behind a windowed booth (much like a bank teller) announced a warm welcome to all of us adoptive families over a speaker and also asked us all to stand and raise our right right hands to take an oath. After the oath we were individually called up as families. Handing our paperwork through a small hole in the protective glass it was reviewed and stamped. It will remain at the embassy until tomorrow mid afternoon when each adopted child's visa will be printed and ready for pick-up!
(thus our needing to stay in country until early Thursday morning)
|Outside the United States Consulate in Guangzhou|
The whole process probably took about an hour. From the consulate we had planned to go to the well known "Shamian Island". (about 20 minutes via van ride) Shamian Island means "sandy surface" in Chinese. It is known for it's beauty and tranquility. We enjoyed watching many older Chinese men and women playing what we might call "hacky sack" in groups of four! We also observed some older people doing a yoga or fitness program together and still others were together to enjoy singing as a group! There are also several tourist type shops, where I might have picked up a pair (or two) of "squeaky shoes" for the littles :)
Another extremely hot and humid day we found ourselves inside a Starbucks to cool off with an ice cold frappucino.
|So hot and sweaty!|
|Dressed in my patriotic attire for consulate day and sporting|
|A restaurant on the island called "Lucy's"|
After visiting the island for a few hours we made a stop at the Liwan Plaza. This particular plaza has several floors of jewelry, pearls and jade!
|Lily and I looking at the beautiful pearls|