Sunday, March 08, 2009

Sunday evening

Madeline and I decided to be brave and we hailed a cab to the Zhongshan Department Store. The taxi ride cost us 6 RMB ($1.00). The mall was incredible. There were 7 floors, people everywhere, everyone seems to be in a hurry. We certainly stuck out in the crowd. We received many stares and "Hello"'s. The cutest moment was when a little boy tried to speak to us and when we responded his sister broke out in the most contagious belly laugh. I love the look of the items they sell here. The appliances are often shaped into animals. The clothes for children are adorable.
We purchased an item (can't say because it is a surprise) for Keaton. The process is interesting. You hand the item to a clerk who writes out a slip. Then you walk to a cashier area and pay. Then you return to the area that you found the item and they hand it over. Thank goodness Madeline had her backpack because shopping bags are not standard here. We continued down the road a few more stores before hailing a taxi to return to our hotel.
I have to say that the last two taxi rides were still interesting but didn't seem as life-threatening as last evening.
While we were walking taking in the sights we enjoyed watching the street vendors selling food; there was meat on a stick, something that looked like huge potatoes and very yummy looking pineapple chunks. There are mopeds everywhere and cars make u-turns on the sidewalks.
I included a picture of the hotel pool. Madeline was brave and jumped in. It was freezing cold !
We are hoping to hear from our guide tonight- he is flying in from Guangzhou. Tomorrow we will meet Elijah at 2:30pm !!


Chelley said...

Praying for you guys!! Sounds like you are VERY brave!!!!

thanks for updating us!!!

Jill W said...

Sounds like you are having a wonderful adventure! I remember all the street vendors in Chengdu. Everything is sold on a stick--kind of like the WI State Fair.

SUE said...

Looks as if your having a great time. Great brave person eating vendor food. everything is so clean and pretty love mom

Sara W. said...

Oh Shelly...we are so excited for you!!!! Looks like you guys are having a great time....getting out and about. We loved China...and miss it!!! It is such an amazing country.

Stick food....Quinn went crazy over anything we saw on a stick. It was mostly chicken on a stick...assorted colors :-) He had a really neat fruit was just beautiful (and huge)All fresh fruit..then dipped in a crunchy honey-cinnamon was so good. And it was only .50 cents!!! We all passed on the stinky tofu stands though...even Quinn held his nose when we walked by.

Can't wait until you meet Eli. That moment is so magical..there is absolutely nothing like it.

Have Fun and soak in every second!!
I bet Madeline is having the time of her life. She will definitely never forget this trip. How neat for her....I think she will good for Eli too.

Take care, we are thinking of you. Keep the updates coming :-)

dancingmonkey07 said...

Glad you made it safely to China! Looks like you're having a great time! Bummer that the pool water was freezing! It looks inviting from the picture!
Talk to you later!!
♥ Lexie

Jackie M. said...

Hi Shelly & Madeline!!

Looks and sounds like you are having a wonderful time in China! Just looking at your pictures is making us hungry for Chen's, I think we will order! Anyway, we wish you luck in bringing Elijah home safe and sound! Can't wait to see/hear from you again.

Barbara said...

Shelly ... so glad to see your posts and looking forward to tomorrow's pictures of Eli!
Barb (from AAI group)