Sunday, June 26, 2005

The Most Expensive Lunch Ever

Dim Sum Lunch
Posted by Zeus

Today started with the rest of the group arriving from the airport. Those of us who had done a pre-trip arrived in Guanzhou on Saturday. At 10:30am we all met in the lobby of the hotel and were met by the China Team who handed us name badges on USAA Lanyards. We all got in two buses and headed off to a restaurant for what is affectionately called "the most expensive lunch ever". So named because this is the point in the trip when we pay all of our fees to the orphanage, Chinese Gov't, US Gov't, and Hotel fees. We give all the money to USAA representatives and they will handle everything from here. During lunch quite a lot of information was covered though mostly for those traveling to other provinces to get their daughters. We will be staying in Guangzhou so most of the info did not apply to us.
Lunch was alright but it was quickly decided that we didn't much care for food that had a face that was still staring at us. It was quite unnerving. After lunch we headed off to the Friendship Store to make some purchases. Michelle and I bought a stroller for Tenley to use while we are here in China. If it survives the trip we may bring it home. After shopping a little we boarded the buses back to the China Hotel for our last free night as a couple. Tomorrow we meet Tenley!

1 comment:

Barbara Park said...

Hi Jeff & Michelle,
Well this is it, money is paid and the waiting is over. Your life will permanently change. From experience, I can tell you the change is for the better. There will be hard times, but the good times far out number the bad. The precious little life that God is entrusting to you will bring you great joy, as your lives have brought joy to us. We love you so much and are so happy for you. Now we have a short wait until we can finaly see our granddaughter, but it is going to seem like forever. I just want to hold her and hug her and kiss her. It will be a dream come true to become a Grandma. Thank You!!!!
Love you lots. Mom