Journey to Gia: Day 11--Consulate, Comfort, & Cruise
|The Gs in their matching outfits, ready for the Pearl River Cruise|
We were all a bit on edge this morning because our U.S. Consulate appointment was the first time slot. That meant getting everyone up extra early, so we could get a quick breakfast then travel to the U.S. Consulate. This morning, Gia was also upset upon waking up, and was crying. We don't know if she was just sad, or perhaps she had a bad dream. Our heart still breaks for her. Because of security restrictions, we didn't bring our cameras or phones, so we don't have any pictures. I can tell you, however, that seeing the stars & stripes flying proudly above the US Consulate building was really pretty awesome. I felt myself swell up with pride, to get to be a citizen of such a great country, with so many freedoms that have been fought (and died) for. There were lots of Chinese citizens lined up for appointments to get travel visas as well. Once in the US Consulate, we (and some other adoptive families) followed the strict instructions, as previously outlined by our guide, and took an oath on behalf of Gia Pearl ChunYu, so that when she sets foot on U.S. soil, she will become an American Citizen. It was hard for me not to get choked up while saying the oath. You could sense the importance and rich history of the process, but also felt the magnitude of taking some of the last steps to make Gia an official US Citizen, something many would sacrifice much to obtain! It reminded me of an Ellis Island type moment... only at a remote location, in Guangzhou, China.
|US Consulate Building. Brand new!|
|2 of my beauties, napping after Consulate Appt|
|Comfort food at McDonalds|
We capped the day with the Pearl River Boat Cruise, which is full of beautiful sights of the Guangzhou skyline at night. Not only did Gia do great with the motion sickness, but she was giddy the entire cruise, pointing at everything that caught her eye. It was also a great time of fellowship with some of the other adoptive families that are here on the "Visa Vacation" with us in Guangzhou. It was a really nice end to a long day, another day of our family bonding together.
|Back seat crazies on the bus ride to Pearl River Cruise|
|Many adoptive families on bus to Pearl River cruise.|
We finished up with McFlurries from McDonalds delivered by me, and Starbucks for mom and dad.
|McFlurries to end the day.|