Sunday, July 18, 2010

Day 5 Luoyang - Saying goodbye to ZG's foster family

Luoyang Day 4 (Sunday)

Today we leave Luoyang and have to say goodbye to ZG's foster family. We went for a nice site seeing walk around town before being picked up by Mike. Surprisingly, as we walked through a huge neighborhood redevelopment project (huge tracts of land had been leveled for new construction), we came upon one of the largest billboard posters we have ever seen depicting the city of Chicago's skyline. It was kind of a home-sweet-home experience.

The visit to the foster family was emotional as expected and a wonderful experience for us all. The family brought out a few of ZG's favorite toys, which turned out to be a lot of fun for him and all of us. It was very hard to say goodbye.

The drive to Zhengzhou on the expressway was an adventure all its own – suffice it to say we survived as evidenced by this blog entry. Our hotel is next door to the one we stayed at almost three years ago and thus we feel like we are on familiar turf. Alas, much to our disappointment, our favorite local "hole-in-the-wall" restaurant is gone – converted into a hair salon. We shall have to find a new favorite. We are very excited about receiving ZT tomorrow – tempered by the sad knowledge that he has to spend a second night at the orphanage. We pray they treat him well.

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