I am using Knox’s Chinese name for this post. It seems appropriate. We kept it legally as part of his name, but this
Day three: Heading to Nanjing.
We woke up and reminded each other that we had one more day. It is so surreal to finally be at this point. I have looked at Knox’s photo countless times, but to see him appear in real life will be amazing. I feel so many emotions right now. For me, I am excited and nervous. For Knox, I feel mostly worried about him being fearful. Everything he knows is being turned upside down, and he has no choice but to to blindly trust the adults in his life. I won’t share too much of his past, because that is his story to tell, as little as that may be. But I will say how thankful I am for the foster family who has been taking care of him for the last few years. Because of this, he has learned what it is to live in a family. We hope to meet them, and give them the gifts we brought for them.
We went to Shanghai Tower yesterday and took the elevator up to what is the tallest observation deck in the world. I was ok with the deck, but I did not like the elevator up! We were crammed in like sardines. Let’s just say I wouldn’t choose to do that again. But the view was amazing. Shanghai is so large, you can’t even see the end of the city.
After that we caught a cab to go have more dumplings, and then went back to the hotel to wait for our ride to the train station. Once we arrived there, a man in a red shirt appeared out of nowhere, loaded our bags, took us inside to a desk, told us to pay him, took us to some seats, and said he would be back for us in fifteen minutes. Scott was a little nervous because we had no idea what was going on, and would we ever see our bags again. But, it turns out that he helped us get right to the correct gate, in the front of the long line, and got us and our bags onto the train. Seamless. How would we have even read the signs?
The train ride was about one hour, and we were able to see the scenery. As we headed towards Nanjing, Chase kept waiting for the countryside, because that is how he pictured China. Since we traveled between two cities with millions of people, we just weren’t far enough out. Everything is modern, and well kept, and busy. The highlight of the train ride for Scott, was the freeze dried peas.
We arrived In Nanjing, and there was our driver, ready to take us to our hotel. Nanjing has a different feel that Shanghai, and I can’t wait to see more of it. We skipped dinner, went and bought Knox some toys, and went back to the hotel. And began the countdown! As I write this, we have about six hours. I will update tomorrow!