It has been some time since I posted. There's so much to do in Guangzhou, and since we only had a day in Hong Kong, we made the most of it. Or tried to anyway.
I will post some pics of what we've been up to and try to update when we get home, God willing, Friday night at 10:00ish. As it is, I'm sitting at gate 49 at Hong Kong International Airport waiting to board our plane to arrive so we can start the final leg of the journey with our 15 hour flight.
And we'll be taking this portion of our journey with a newly adopted 3 year old. I would be far more concerned if he were not so ridiculously well behaved and easy to entertain. Now watch him chose this time to change his ways. :-O
In brief, that night after Carter's consulate appointment, we went and found a cute, local neighborhood restaurant where not a soul spoke English and not a word of English was on the menu. The lady there was a doll, though, and we ended up with delicious food!
That night, we went on the river boat cruise.
The next day was our last day in GZ, and we found our way back to that restuarant and Shamian island since our van to HK didn't leave until 5:30. The van ride was uneventful, and I again cannot say enough about the value; the ease and convenience of the van ride make it well worth the nominal extra price compared to the train we took on our first trip.
We got to HK around 8:00 and ordered room service. The next morning, we availed ourselves of the delicious buffet breakfast and headed out for the day. We visited the Po Lin Monastary and the Giant Buddha. The tram ride, while beautiful and breath-taking, left much to be desired as far as I'm concerned, but I did it. It was, most definitely, worth it!
We then headed into Hong Kong. Now, that is a post in and of itself. Sigh. Suffice it to say, it was a bust. Unbelievable. And, you might be thinking it would be because we were hauling an over-tired toddler around with us. Nope. True to form, he was impeccibly behaved. He even fell asleep on the metro and continued to sleep in his stroller for about an hour. The trouble had to do with a mall and the wrong colored cabs. Unbelievable. I'll tell that story another day.
Now, I'm sitting on the plane about 3 hours out from Dallas / Fort Worth. We've been on here for about 11 hours thus far (not including the hour after boarding / time on the tarmac / taxiing et al). Carter fell asleep while we were waiting to push back and slept for about 2 hours. Since waking up, he's quietly eaten and watched Planes (2 showings), Finding Nemo & a little of Frozen. Now he has been sleeping again for about 4 hours again. He's been awesome. Not really to our surprise.
He and Troy are in front of me since we couldn't get seats together in main cabin extra. And WOW is main cabin extra worth it!! Great seats and lots of space. It didn't cost much more and for a 15 hour flight? Totally NOT over rated. Well, took a break from movies (so far Blended, The Fault in Our Stars, $@* Tape, and Draft Day) to finish this. Back to the entertainment, if I can get my stupid entertainment system working again. Sigh.
Next post will (prayerfully) be stateside!