Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Day 13 with Audrey

This morning we were up and out the door early to make our stringent Consulate appointment! There are no cameras or cell phones allowed so we left them in the car and didn't get any photos. It is a quick appointment, you just take an oath that all the information you submitted is true as far as you know. Then you meet with an individual agent who quickly reviews your submitted paperwork, you sign a few more things then you're done!

After our appointment, our guide took us to Shamian Island, once the hub for all adoption families with the famous White Swan and Victory hotels, it used to be teeming with people and shops. However, I don't know if it's due to the slowdown in adoptions or that the White Swan is going through a major renovation and so is all torn up, but many of the shops are gone and it's a much quieter place. Which is nice in some ways.



All of the buildings here on Shamian were built by the British when they had a presence here at one point in time. So there is a definite English influence seen here.



The streets and sidewalks are wide and the trees are tall and plentiful, providing much shade during the hot afternoons and days.


It's also a VERY popular spot for bridal photos for real brides and grooms and those who are hired models for magazine shoots.

Of course, it wouldn't be a complete day without a meltdown from Audrey over something ;-)


We did get her a pair of squeaky shoes and she was extremely happy about that. So we let her out of her stroller to stretch her legs a bit.


And that makes us a bit happier too!

Our shopping was fast and furious and it was getting hot so soon we were headed back to the hotel.



We took afternoon naps then met up with the other AWAA family for Papa Johns pizza out by Kiddy Land. The. It was another dip in the pool to tire Audrey out before bedtime. We did Face Time with the girls and then hit the hay!

Tomorrow is mostly a free day as we wait for the consulate to issue Audrey's visa. We may do some more shopping and then it's packing as we leave early the next morning for home! Yea!

1 comment:

  1. Almost there-I'm sure you're itching to get back to the girls! Praying you get Audrey's visa in a timely manner


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