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Safe in Chongqing

Too tired to post much, again, and I just lost what I originally posted. So here’s the Cliff’s Notes version of the Cliff’s Notes version:

Safe in Chongqing. City is awesome. Like New York, San Fran, and Vegas rolled into one. Hotel is brand new and gorgeous. Huge mall behind it the size of Garfield Heights. Locals giggle at us a lot.

Today was lower key than previous days but still busy. Went to a very old part of Beijing, rode rickshaws, dined with a local family, visited the Hard Rock Cafe. Seriously. A wedding was going on there. Guests were leaving with centerpieces while we waited outside. I asked to take a picture of one, thinking Monica might find it interesting. So he gave it to Kim. She later traded it for a silk scarf at a fashion knock-off store. It looked like this:


Then went to the airport to come to Chongqing. And I think we’re up to speed.

Tomorrow at 10:00 (Monday, or 10:00pm Sunday to you Clevelanders), we meet with our guide to fill out some paperwork. At 1:30 we head over to the local adoption center. At 2:00 we walk out with a small, strange human.


No, I kid. Honestly, I think we’re as ready as it’s possible to be. Not saying that’s all that ready, of course.

Provided I have the mental bandwidth, I will try to post some pictures tomorrow so they’ll be waiting for you when you awaken on Monday. Meanwhile, please enjoy these:

The lobby of our hotel:


Our room:


And another shot of our room:


Notice anything unusual?



1: Dee Rybicki on August 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Gonna try and get up in the middle of the night and send good vibes your way. . .WE ARE SO HAPPY THAT THIS DAY IS FINALLY HERE!!!

All our love,

Tom and Dee


2: Palmo on August 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Wonderful! Really happy to be reading all of this and so thrilled for the three of you! Can’t wait to read and see more. Lots of love, Auntie Po.


3: Meg on August 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm

You guys make me giggle. AND HOW AWESOME is this?!? I’m freaking out for you and sending love. Can’t wait till you get to meet your new small human ;)


4: Gram on August 6, 2012 at 9:57 pm

What an adventure