Today I have had many thoughts about my job situation and what I should do in the future. I won’t say I have been in a bad mood but not it a good mood either.
In the mail today there was a book I ordered. It’s about families with adoptive children or adults who was adopted as children who travels back to their birth countries and towns.
One family travels to China, Guangxi and to places we are going to visit in October. I look at the pictures in the book and on the internet from Guangxi. I have a hard time understanding that WE are to see all this: High tech modern cities with skyscrapers and huge malls, poor families in the country side, abandoned children (who hopefully will get their own forever family one day) and the breathtaking beauty of the nature! Such big contrasts!
Suddenly it becomes impossible to feel bad or sad. Instead I am overwhelmed with gratitude that I get to go on this adventure with my family!
Nanning by night
A girl from the Guangxi girls program by Hope 4 China’s Children
In Sweden we have compulsory schooling from the first grade to the ninth. That means children are required to go to school and if you want them to have one or more days off you have to apply for it.
First out is the teacher, and if it’s several days in a row the principal needs to sign the application too.
Our China trip started out as a two weeks trip for a very short time. We quickly realized we needed tree weeks and we ended with four in total. One week of them is school holiday, so we had to apply for 15 days leave for Linnea. In the school law 10 days are mentioned as a maximum per year unless it a very special occasion.
Today I got the application back signed by Linnea’s teacher and the principal, it was approved.
I still have a hard time getting that this is happening! We are going to China again on an adventure I never imagined! For every little thing that falls in to place, I realize that this is real!!!
I am just so happy and grateful for being a part of this!
In Nanning we chose Majestic or Mingyuan Xindu Hotel because we stayed there when we got Linnea. She wanted to see the hotel where she spend her first time with us.
I’ve asked around and looked at reviews and I would say 50-50 says it ok, hard beds (as most places in China) and the breakfast is Chinese. We will stay there in the beginning and in the end of the trip.
In Guiyang, we googled our friends address, looked at their photos and found a hotel close to them. They have checked it at says it’s close. So we booked 2 Executive double rooms including breakfast for 328 Yuan/night/room. Wonder how they look and we hope for softer beds…..
Time is a funny thing. There are a bit more that 7 month to “take off” and now that we booked and know when and where, small things come along.
Today Hans was ordering shoes on the internet and we found trekking sandals for Linnea for half of the normal price! Not that she likes that model but we want her to have this kind with her to China when we walk, take a bike ride or something else. So we ordered them too.
Later Linnea and I went to town and we went to the police to get her a new passport. The one she had was valid until June and we need the passport number to order train tickets. She will get the new one next week.
We also found her a “belt – bag” i metallic purple, so she can have her camera and purse on her all the time in China.
Small things that means we’re a little bit closer to our biggest trip ever!
I have also decided to make a Link collection here on the blog. Many adoptive families plans home land trips and and we all help each other finding good prices, nice things to see or do! So hold on and I make it soon, and keep updating it as we move on in the process.
We want to do it all ourselves and tomorrow will be hotel booking day for Nanning and Guiyang.