We’ve blessedly arrived in Guangzhou. We had an awesome time in Guilin and were sad to leave this afternoon. But it’s always wonderful to arrive in Guangzhou.
It means our next stop is home.
Most of our day today, like yesterday, was spent with the Trower family. We met at 10:30 and drove to the wholesale market to buy winter coats for the children at An Orphan’s Wish. Kirsten and her girls, Gabrielle and Lily, know each of the children at the Unit so well, they are like one large, loving family. Each coat was handpicked for color and style based on the needs and wants of each child. It was incredibly touching to see such love and care go into each purchase for the very special children in the CPU (cerebral palsy unit).
During our shopping excursion at the wholesale market, we happened upon some pretty cute stuff. Unfortunately it was either too large to cram into our already packed bags, or wasn’t the right size or color for Miss Vivi. Her mood proceeded to swing from jubilation at all the goodies abounding at the market, to complete frustration and aggravation at not being able to have every single thing.
It’s tough being a two year old.
Finally, the shopping and crying and laughing and shopping wore her out. She fell asleep at last. And she didn’t rouse until we had arrived at the restaurant for lunch.
We sat and talked for a while after lunch, it was wonderful to hang out with the Trower family (who are from Australia) because they are not only incredibly kindhearted and inspiring people, but they’re just really nice. Plus, they took us to one of the best restaurants in Guilin, twice. Thanks, guys! 😉
At 4:00 we met our guide at the hotel and headed for the airport. We were able to get our boarding passes and through security without Vivienne’s passport, which was a huge blessing because it could have been a nightmare.
The flight left on time despite some insane fog. And, on landing, there was only a teeny tiny bit of motion sickness for Asher.
Vivi did beautifully on her first flight. She acted like a seasoned traveler and barely even noticed that we weren’t on the ground anymore after takeoff. She was too busy throwing back some pistachios and yan yans.
And she slept through the landing.
I think she’s going to fit in pretty well around our house.
And then I have a very pressing engagement with a Starbucks Frappuccino.