Sunday, September 15, 2013

Longing for home

Free time is a beautiful thing.  While we have truly enjoyed our sight-seeing trips with our fellow travelers, we're also *really* enjoying a more leisurely, appointment-less pace.  Still, we are desperately longing for home!

A few notes:
1) There are a gazillion people here in Guangzhou!  Seriously-- there are layers and layers and layers of society who thrive above ground AND below, and there simply seems to be no end to them all! Below street level, an entire shopping district caters to weary and hurried passengers as they commute to and fro-- restaurants, clothing shops, electronics stores, and more all sell their wares to those en route to the metro or to those who simply prefer that dynamic.  It's truly a sight to behold!

2) There is a Pizza Hut here in Guangzhou, and it is nicer than any Pizza Hut I've ever seen back in the states. The menu reads like a book, and the pizza... that favorite-of-all-foods has never tasted so good :)

3) There is no chai tea in China.  Hot tea, yes.  Coffee, you bet.  But chai tea-- it's simply not to be found.  Starbucks has truly let me down.

4) Last night we fed our family of five a deliciously authentic Cantonese meal for $15.  We then proceeded to pay $20 for 2 (small) containers of Haagen-Dazs ice cream.
They were worth every penny.

5) Little One refused a second bite of her brother's ice cream sundae from McDonalds.
She couldn't get enough of the Haagen-Dazs.

6) Clearly, she is *very* bright.  And very observant. Curious. Inquisitive. And perceptive. She has already amazed us a handful of times.

A few quick pics:
Yesterday, we visited an ancestral temple built in the late 1880's.  I neglected to get a photo of the porcelain pillows.  Can you imagine??!


Notice her hand-on-hip.  It's a favorite pose.
All girl, this one.  All girl!

And a few more from around town~

We're missing home.
And oh-so-very-excited for Wednesday...
though not for the 15-hour flight with our squirmy worm buckled into her seat!
Have I mentioned this little fact-- the Chinese do not use seat belts OR carseats...  
oh, the fun that awaits us!


Anonymous said...

Oh my!! Car seats may be a very interesting dilemma. Did you bring all of Little One's wardrobe with you or was part of the mall visit shopping for her? I think I have seen 3 pairs of shoes and several different outfits to go with them. You only have 2/3? days left before you fly out. Hard to believe. Love to all, Gramoggie

Linda said...

Taking a minute from our time away from home to check on you. I think all is well - very well. I'll be prsying you safely home!

gretchen said...

do they sell Benadryl in China? Just kidding... or maybe not. :) Will be praying for the trip home. God's got that too! Love you!