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Friday, May 05, 2006

Elephants, Pandas and RAIN... oh my!

This morning it was raining pretty hard so we were hesitant to go to the zoo. With a little coaxing from the Reynolds we went anyway and we are glad we did. The Guanghzou Zoo is a huge zoo with all kinds of animals. We saw several different kinds of bears, elephants, panthers, hippos, rhinoceros, tigers, monkeys and a panda. However, since is a holiday in China, the zoo was pretty full and we felt like if we stayed in one place too long they would put us in a cage. It gets a little overwhelming when people are always staring and taking pictures of you. I guess we got a taste of stardom and we don't like it.

We would have liked to have more time at the zoo, but as it turned out we got caught in a torrential downpour on the way back to the bus. At least we had enough time to drip-dry before the U.S. Consulate appointment. After the Consulate appointment, we received Hannah's visa and we are free to go home. Yippee!

Since all members of our group leave Guanghzou tomorrow, we had a farewell dinner at the steakhouse restaurant. I think all of us are very excited to get home, but concerned about how the girls will do during the trip. We definitely share the same concerns, in fact this is the part of the entire journey that I have been most concerned about. Keep your fingers crossed for us.

This is a picture of most of Hannah's eighteen gifts. We got her something from China to open every year on her birthday. Since Hannah was born in the year of the rooster, you'll see several roosters in the mix. We also got an antique wedding box with a phoenix (symbol for woman) and a dragon (symbol for man) and a rooster (Hannah's zodiac). It is difficult to look this far into the future, but we figure it is the best we can do for now.

1 comment:

St. James Reformed Church, Mt. Pleasnt, N.C. said...

My dear friends,
After seeing all the pictures you've posted, not only of Hannah, but of all the children there, I can't help but believe you got the "pick of the litter". All of us at St. James are excited about your return!
Our prayer is for your safe and (hopefully) relaxing trip home.
Peace and God's blessings,
Pastor John