I have to tell you that I’m a little envious of you, my few readers. I’m sitting here in the hotel on Monday morning with 7 hours to wait until we meet Leo. But you can wake up on Monday morning and sit there and read all about our meeting while you drink your coffee!
Sunday was just a travel day. I had no idea a one hour flight would take nearly all day. We didn’t have any delays, it was just going from one thing to another. We packed up, checked out of the hotel, and drove 45 minutes to the Beijing airport. I got a chance to get a picture of the really cool toll plaza for the interstate:
I have no memory of the Beijing airport from our arrival, but it is absolutely amazing. I couldn’t get a picture to do it justice, but it is a huge ceiling which stretches on forever. Nancy said it is the largest air terminal in the world.
We went through security there, got a snack and waited for our flight. For the flights there, you all crowd onto a bus and they drive you out onto the runway and then you walk up steps into the plane. A friend had warned me, so we checked our carry-on bag and just brought the backpacks. So there was the normal waiting there, then the flight, and we landed in Nanjing. As an aside, while I know the phoenix is an important mythological creature, I don’t think anything that dies a fiery death is a good symbol to choose for your airline. I’m not sure if you can see the picture on the sign, but it says “Welcome to Nanjing.”
We met our new guide, Denise, and she told us a bit about the history of Nanjing and what the city is known for as we had another 45 minute drive to the hotel. Nanjing has huge city walls, the longest in China according to Denise, and we drove by as the sun was setting.
We were completely exhausted by the time we got to our rooms at around 6:30 pm. We unpacked a little and then went to the mall that is attached to the hotel to buy food and get supper. It was very crowded. The mall was having their 5th anniversary celebration so there was special entertainment. We got some noodles for supper and then came back for bed.
Leo’s orphanage is not in Nanjing, but he will be transported here because it is the provincial capital. It is a four hour drive from his orphanage, so that is why it will be late afternoon before we meet him at the Civil Affairs building. I will try to at least post a picture by the time people will be getting up in the morning but it might be bedtime here before I sit down to write out all the details. It will be a long and scary day for Leo, so please keep in him your prayers.