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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Done!- day 13

Today, we had our Consulate Appointment at the U.S. Consulate. This appointment is what the entire trip revolves around. So we basically go in, get a number, when our number is called, they look at our paperwork, make sure it's all there, we sit wait, they have a little meeting and then have us take an oath, we sit, they call each family up, have a little interview, look at paperwork again, stamp it "approved" and we're done! Like, really done, with everything for reals! No more meetings, no more appointments, no more paperwork. DONE! We do have to wait 48 hours for Charlotte's visa to be issued, which sucks because it was always 24 hours until just this month. So we will hang out for another couple of days in Guangzhou before we can leave. Then we will take a train to Hong Kong, spend one day there and fly out the next day.

After we came back from the Consulate Appointment, we rested for a while and then went out to try and find a nearby temple that we had heard of. It was only about a mile away so we walked and just when you think there is no way something beautiful is going to pop up, there it is! It was amazing! It is called Liurong Temple, or Temple of Six Banyan Trees. It is a little strange taking pictures there because people are also there to worship but it's okay as long as you don't take pictures when inside the temple.

On our way back from the temple, we picked up some pizza and headed back to our room for dinner. We are getting tired and I think we're feeling more and more ready to get home now. I didn't really allow myself to feel homesick until I knew we were getting close to time to go home. It must be close enough to time to go home because I'm feeling homesick tonight. I miss the doggies and the kitties and I'm looking forward to getting back into a normal routine and bringing Charlotte to her home. Soon!

We aren't allowed to take pictures or even have any kind of electronics at the Consulate so no pictures there although our guide took one that he will send us outside the consulate. So here are pics of the temple.

One of the banyan trees


  1. Your just now starting to get tired?? LOL. I can't believe it's official!!!!! YAY!!!!! I hope the next couple of days goes smoothly. I didn't even think about the jet lag from all of this!

  2. Wow! It's amazing that all the formalities are done!! Your little girl is really yours! What a feeling that must be!! Hurrah!!!!I can so understand your being eager to get home, and show her what everyday life is like in the Tuma household. Have a good time in Hong Kong!! Your pics are just amazing as usual. What a beautiful temple! I loved the interplay between Liana and Charlotte. We enjoy your blog so much!!!xxoo