Our time in China is winding down and oddly enough, I'm not itching to leave. (Now, I am definitely ready to be at home but I am not feeling desparate about it.) Today we finished up the last part of our paperwork here: processing Zeke's visa. The adoption paperwork was finalized in his province so this is the last piece we need in order to get into the US with Zeke. The appointment was held at the US Consulate in Guangzhou. For those of you with Haitian ties, it's definitely different than the Consulate in Haiti. It was more like they had the floor of an office building versus the polished marble mansion of the Consulate in Port Au Prince. It was pretty loud and crowded as probably ten other families had appointments at roughly the same time as us. The worker in charge of adoption paperworks greeted all families and explained a bit about the immigration process. Then the other workers started calling family names to come up to different cubicles to finish the paperwork. We were actually the first family called. Our guide will go back tomorrow to the consulate to pick up Zeke's Chinese passport which will have his US visa affixed to a page on the inside.
That means Thursday will be a free day for us. I think we are planning to catch a taxi and go to Shaiman Island. Shaiman Island used to be where most adoptive families stayed because the medical appointments for visa processing were held there. But the office there relocated and then one of the major hotels on the island closed for rennovation so many families choose to stay elsewhere. We're going to head over just to see what is there and maybe shop. It will help break up a long day of hotel room lounging.
Then Friday morning we will be headed to the airport. We will be headed to Hong Kong to catch a flight to Chicago and then home. Our turn around in Hong Kong is pretty tight (like 50 minutes) but there are other adoptive families on the same flight so I'm hoping that will help ensure we get on it even if we are not there as early as we would normally be.
Newest American citizen, signing out...well newest as of Friday afternoon once we land in Chicago.