Michelle here. Posting our update while Max is napping. Things here are going well. We’ve been getting to know our new ‘hood here in Guangzhou.
Yesterday afternoon, we walked to a park a few blocks from our hotel. It was very serene, compared to the hustle bustle of the city. Max ran around a bit, and then we headed back to the hotel, because storms were looming. We got back just in time, so it was nice to be able to stay dry. This is the same neighborhood where the GZ Gift Show is. I have attended this show, back in the day of the crazy life I had as a business owner. I think I was here in 2002 and 2003. I can’t quite remember, but I do recognize much of the exhibition halls. The busy part of the show is starting this week, and we’re seeing lots of westerners in town, as well as seeing lots of factory owners. It is easily taking me back to those days of resourcing factories at this show. Who would have ever guessed, that 10 years later, I would be back, with a terrific husband, bringing home a total sweetheart of a little boy. Actually, in my heart, at the time, I did feel that I would be back for that reason, and it’s cool to have to come true.
Today, we had breakfast at the hotel, which is the best breakfast buffet I have ever had (Marriott China for my traveling adoptive friends). It’s huge, with tons of Chinese and Western foods. The hotel seats all us adoptive families in one section, so it’s fun to see everyone, with their children, and connect with others.
Our guide then had a driver take us to Shamian Island for the morning. It’s a beautiful neighborhood, with a Historic British influence. There are beautiful walkways and gardens. There are shops too, but we passed up the shops, so we could let Max run around. He had a lot of fun walking up and down the walkways, watching folks play badminton, watching folks sight see, and overall passing the time. The US Consulate is here, so we’ll be back to this area on Wednesday to process the application for Max’s US visa. Click here if you want to learn about Shamian Island
So……we’ll see what tonight brings us. The hotel has an awesome outdoor play area for kids, so I’m sure we’ll head down there, as well as catch a bite to eat. I have a hankerin’ for pizza, so we’ll see if we can find a pizza place. Otherwise, there are good restaurants in this area, so I’m sure we’ll find something good where ever we end up.
Max is still doing great. He’s taken to babbling more, and telling us babble stories, complete with hand gestures, eye contact, passionate exclamations, and giggles. He’s eating a little more too. The first days, his diet preferences were pretty narrow. So he’s taken to more foods now. That’s something that comes with time, and we’ve seen progress on that.
Thanks again for reading our blog, your comments, and your FB comments. We appreciate them, and feel like we have a cheering team from afar.
Also, if you want a little more info on Guangzhou, here’s a link. It’s population is 13 million, which to put that into perspective, the population of New York City is approx. 8.5 million, and the population of Seoul is approx. 10 million. We, of course, have seen only a small portion of it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guangzhou