Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Our day in Guangzhou...now that was a day to remember...or not!!
I will sum up yesterday briefly. We were suppose to leave Hong Kong and take a train to Guangzhou and take a flight directly to Guilin but knew before leaving that our flight would be later on that evening and we would have a guide to take us around for the day. We arrived and were maneuvering ourselves down the escalator with 4 children, 6 large pieces of luggage and 6 carry ons. Let's just say we all got down safely but that the luggage made it to the bottom on its own (it was like a domino affect with the girls standing about an inch from each suitcase...and the girls were unscathed by some miracle...we have had a few miracles here so far). Bailey wishes we had captured the event to send into American's Funniest Home Vidoes...not very funny at the time. When we arrived at the station we couldn't find our guide anywhere (it turns out she was waiting at a different entrance...oops!) but spent an hour on the phone trying to call various places in China to find out what to do stranded in a strange city. Once we were all settled we did a few sight seeing things (Memorial Hall, garden, and park) and then proceeded to go to the airport with exhausted children. Our luggage was overweight AGAIN (so we were charged per pound over). By the end of the late night flight we had 3 sleeping children that we could not move or carry and our luggage to contend with. At that point Carter started throwing up (from exhaustion...and the fact that he was just getting over his flu) which kind of reminded me of Mexico. When we finally got into our rooms at midnight Bailey was pulling Addy asleep on a luggage cart, Carter was on another cart with a bag (a ziplock Linda) and Kayla was wound up because I had carried her around sleeping for the last 3 hours. I can safely say that I think our sleep clocks are almost on China time. Hopefully the late flight tomorrow night will be a greater success and we have learned some new strategies for escalators (they really should have elevators!!!). I will post some pictures and updates from our outstanding day in Guilin when we get back from dinner (Bailey is starving!!) Lisa