Monday, February 4, 2013

Guangzhou day 3

Last night, we ended wandering into a mall down the street and found a Malaysian restaurant. I thought it was really really similar to the Vietnamese we had the night before. Either way, it was good. We had spring rolls with rice vermicelli noodles, green beans with minced pork and sweet and sour chicken. The sweet and sour here is so good. Not the red goopy sauce at home, all though we eat that sometimes too, lol.  But a real sweet and sour with lots of bell peppers,onions, and fresh ginger and pineapple. We slept in this morning as we didn't have to meet the group until noon. The kid's tb tests came back clear, so that's good. We all met in the lobby at noon, and headed over to Shamian Island, where we went to church yesterday, to shop. There are still lots of little shops there that have traditional items, like silk clothes for kids,  and squeeky shoes, and touristy stuff. We didn't buy much. Not a lot that we felt like we had to have. There was so cool artwork but we bought some of those things last time. We did buy each child a new Chinese outfit, and a few other little things. We didn't get back to the hotel until almost 4, Georgia fell asleep on the bus, but woke up when we got here, so didn't get much of a nap. Calvin went down right away. I made some noodles in the room, and Michael, Georgia and I all ate, and then I woke Calvin up, and he ate as well. Finally, around 6 we walked down to the supermarket. We bought a few more snacks for the room, some banana chips, and these buns that Michael and the kids really like. They are like a sweet roll kinda, some with red beans, and some with bean paste inside, with cheese on the top. I also found some Coke flavored mentos. Don't worry, Olivia, I'm bringing them home for you guys :)  I didn't take any more pictures, because we noticed a sign on the door today that said no pictures, and I didn't want to get thrown out, lol. Since we ate in the room kinda late, we decided to just have a snack tonight. Last time we were here, we didn't eat at any western places at all. We really love the authentic Chinese food, but we've been here almost 3 weeks, and I don't eat the same kind of food all the time at home either. We Asian, German, Italian, Southern, etc.... So, it's just getting monotonous. Anyway, we decided to try the McDonalds on the way back to the hotel. I wondered if it tasted the same as home? We see lots of pizza huts, and KFC's around too. And I've heard pizza hut doesn't taste the same. We walked into a KFC in Zhengzhou, but the pictures looked pretty different, and I didn't see any mashed potatoes, so we left. Anyway, we shared a double cheeseburger combo, and got the kids chicken nuggets, and I had an ice cream cone. It all tasted just like home, and while McDonalds isn't our favorite, it was yummy tonight, lol. Calvin loved the nuggest and fries. Georgia was a little cautious, but ate two nuggets. They still think ice cream is weird. They just aren't used to cold stuff. Won't last too long I'm sure, once we get home. The both are doing really well. Everyday we see progress. Slow but sure. Tomorrow, we go to the zoo..... and I'm not sure what else. 

Some pictures of the hotel lobby.  Beautiful!

green tea and chocolate cake, and green tea and raspberry. both for just over $1.

Georgia had to go today, while we were on Shamian Island. No bathroom around. No problem, lol. We are going to have to break this habit at home!

lots of Starbucks here, for my coffee loving friends.

This bike had three seats, plus was pulling the stroller.

pretty Shamian island

Hanging out with Daddy

1 comment:

  1. Joy, The kids look amazing! Thank you so much for guiding us along your journy to these 2 lovies. We can not wait to see you all really soon! PS I know Aunt Michele would love the star bucks tee. Can't wait to see all the asian items that you all being back for your forever memories of this one of a kind trip. But mostly I can not wait to suggle love my newest niece and Nephew into the family :)
    Prayers for a safe trip till you arrive home and continued health to all.
    Cheri, Paul and children
    btw Abby asked if you get a chance to take a few pictures of some of the local Kimona's either in the stores or on the girls/ladies. Love you all.