Today was a great day doing just what P and I love to do: travelling and exploring new places. This sure was a new place for us!
We took the 6 bus to Stanley Market. The ride alone was worth the trip. The scenery of the ocean and moutains was breathtaking, weaving along roads that were basically hanging off the side of a cliff. This road had more twists and turns than the roads we drove on in Tuscany, and would give the Mt. Washington Auto Road a run for it's money. We took it all in from the top level of a double decker bus. Needless to say, THANK GOODNESS for the Sea-bands. No way my weak stomach could have handled it otherwise.
Stanley Market itself was exactly our type of place. Right on the water, with tiny little booths and shops filled with souveniers. Not a chain store in sight here. We picked up a few things, and ate Chinese food on a terrace at a waterfront place. It was a relaxing and perfect way to spend our few hours in Hong Kong.
|Waterfront walk at Stanley Market|
|P tried to hone his bargaining skills at the market. Didn't go so well.|
|I, on the other hand, did a little better.|
We arrived in Nanning pretty unscathed without too many issues. Just an hour sitting in the plane on the runway before takeoff. When we arrived we were met by our very softspoken guide, Cindy. We got a lift to the Marriott in Nanning which is quite lovely. Cindy gave us some background of Nanning and Guangxi.
We also learned a few things about our Gotcha Day. Here's what we had previously been told by our China coordinator:
1. E would go back to the orphanage this weekend before meeting us, and
2. Gotcha would take place in a provincial office.
Here's what we found out today:
1. E is it NOT going back to the orphanage because it would be too many transitions for her. She will wake up with her foster family, and be driven to Nanning with the orphanage staff.
2. Gotcha will take place in our hotel room, after she has lunch at around 2:30.
WOW. So, a little different than what we had been told. We processed it a bit over some noodles at dinner. It's going to be OK.
|Where are those training chopsticks?|