T minus 19
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Let the countdown begin
T minus 19
Our plane tickets have been purchased, our hotels have been reserved, our guides have been scheduled and our Panda phone has been ordered.
We leave on Thursday, Sept 4- late morning. We will arrive in Beijing on FRIDAY NIGHT. Yes I said NIGHT!!! And, you did catch that we were leaving late THURSDAY MORNING. If you do the math, that's almost 24 hours of traveling. I'm not going to lie. I am afraid that I am going to gouge my eyes out on the flight from Detroit to Tokeyo. I can't imagine what one does on a plane for that amount of time. Then, they want me to get off the plane and get back on for a 4+ hour plane ride to Beijing. I think Paul is going to have to sedate me and call security to get me on that plane! Oh boy! This is going to be a long trip!
Sept 6-7 Tours are being arranged for us to tour the Great Wall, Summer Palace and the Forbidden City. We will also see an acrobatic show. (I know this is what Paul is looking forward to the most! HaHa!!!)
Sept 8 - Morning- Fly to Nanning
AFTERNOON- Go to the Civil Affairs Bureau of Guangxi Province TO GET EMME!!!!!
Sept 9- Civil affairs to complete adoption registration procedure. Go to Notary Office to complete notarization procedure.
Sept 10-11 Tour may be arranged and will be optional. Free time available if not touring. Pick up all notarized paperwork except the passport for Emme.
Sept 12- Pick up passport for Emme
Sept 13- Morning- Fly to Guangzhou
Sept 14- 8am- GO ON A MAD SEARCH TO FIND THE OSU vs. USC GAME (see previous post)
Tour may be arranged and will be optional. Free time available if not touring.
Sept 15- Have visa picture taken and medical exam performed for Emme.
Sept 16- Our guide submits the visa application document for us to the U.S. Consulate
Sept 17- Group oath taken at the U.S. Consulate. Receive Emme's visa.
Sept 18- Morning- fly home wrestling a baby for 24+ hours, touchdown in the good ol' USA!! Yeehaw!!
There you have it!
P.S. A Panda phone is a phone we rented so our kids could call us and we could call them. It's at the hotel when we arrive and we leave it at our last hotel.
P.S.S. The picture at the top- The Beacon will be my next post.