Monday, July 30, 2007

More from the White Swan

We’re about an hour away from late check-out, and three hours away from saying goodbye to the White Swan, and six hours away from saying goodbye to China. It’s hard to believe that we started our Xiamen Adventure just 157 days ago and it is about to end. The White Swan and Shamian Island are a pleasant end-note, so calm compared to most of the rest of China. We’ve had a lovely 19th story room with a fantastic view of the Pearl River and the Guangzhou skyline.
Our last day has been a lazy one. We stayed up late last night and slept late this morning. It was almost 10 a.m. before we even left the room, and we only made it as far as the Swan Room. The girls played and I sat on the red couch and read. A little before lunch time we sallied forth for some shopping, and then headed to Cow and Bridge, a wonderful Thai restaurant. The girls especially liked their special lemonades, complete with flowers.

We came back to the hotel after lunch, and have been resting in our room. I’m about to repack our one open suitcase – should be a challenge with the extra shopping we’ve done! We really haven’t bought much, but we don’t have much room to spare in our luggage.

We’ll check out at 4, and spend a few hours in the playroom, grab a quick dinner at the White Swan deli, and catch the 6 p.m. shuttle to the airport. Our flight leaves at 9 p.m., and in the words of the old travelogue newsreels, we’ll say goodbye to China, land of contrast and adventure!

Next you hear from us, we’ll be back in the U.S.A.!


Donna said...

Have a safe journey home! Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.

Wendy said...

Safe journey! It has been one great and interesting ride!

Jess said...

I just want to thank you so much for your blog- you are such an entertaining writer! I am now scheming on a way to do this myself someday! I'll be curious to find out if my profession as a child psychologist would be useful...
single mom to Leila
A 11/13/06, Hunan

Anonymous said...

Welcome home, Malinda, Zoe, and Maya. I hope to meet you one day as I feel I know you from all the wonderful blog messages the past 150+ days!! As I read your final postings from Gangzhou and thought of your returning to TX, it must seem a bit strange to think of your home in China knowing that perhaps another family is about to(or has) move in to begin their adventure as well. I know how thrilled Fran is to have you all home. Rest peacefully in your own beds and I hope the readjustment to "the land of plenty" goes well.
PS Fran: congrats on getting your girls back. :-)