Thursday, June 16, 2011

One Year Ago Today Across The Ocean Far, Far Away...

We decided to start a new family tradition- every year we will re-live our incredible journey to bring home Sasha Jade by watching ourselves on the computer from this side of the ocean... one year later and one year wiser... Your comments are always welcome:

So Long Hong Kong....June 16, 2010
22 days, 5 cities, a 12 hour time difference... I'm thankful that stepping into the elevator here in our hotel helps keep life in perspective!

We are leaving Hong Kong tonight on the overnight train to Guilin, Guangxi Province.  The trian should take about eleven hours, but unlike the airplane, we can stretch out and sleep in beds in a private soft sleeper compartment. 

We are really looking forward to seeing our friend Xi Xi who lives in Guilin. Also, another adoptive family who is spending the summer in China offered to meet us at the train station, help us to the hotel, show us around Guilin. We look forward to meeting them! You can read their blog here:  

From here we will travel to Guilin, Liuzhou, Nanning, Guangzhou, and back through Hong Kong on our way home.

Our next update will be from Guilin tomorrow morning!

Zai Jian to Hong Kong and the "concrete jungle", we'll see you again at the end of our trip! 

Panda and baby panda are ready for the train
Sending a message home 

Last minute snack, enjoying Victoria Harbour view


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