Our Travel Facilitator has begun booking our flights and hotel arrangements for our trip to China. While we are waiting for our Notice of Coming To China (also known as Travel Approval) to arrive, we have our travel dates. We know that we will be leaving on Friday, May 22 and returning on Friday, June 5.
We will travel to Vancouver, and then onto Shanghai on Friday morning, and arrive after a 11 hour flight sometime Saturday afternoon (taking into consideration time differences). We will stay overnight in Shanghai and leave the next day for Nanning, the capital of Guangxi. I have included a picture of an Air Canada Boeing 767 we will travel on.
The next few days, while not finalized, are general plans. We know that once in Guangxi we will meet Sylvie in Nanning, and that the children are brought to a hotel by an orphanage worker. There is a brief introduction and time for us to ask questions, before the nanny returns. This is a very short transition time and we are hoping that it goes smoothly, and Sylvie transitions well. The next few days are spent in Nanning completing adoption paperwork. Once this paperwork is completed, we travel to Beijing. We stay in Beijing for another few days completing immigration and sponsorship paperwork.
We will be returning on Friday June 5 on a direct flight from Beijing to Vancouver. We are excited because another Canadian family Joyanne has been talking too online will be on the same flight. It is a relief to know that we will not be the only ones on that flight with a crying baby! We will then catch a flight from Vancouver to home and hope to arrive in the afternoon.
We will let you know our itinerary as is progresses. Our plan is to update the blog during our time in China, and use SKYPE to communicate with friends and family back in Canada.
We have been busy trying to get all the little detailed organized and tidied around the trip and home. Joyanne has been busy working on a travel packing list, and Cory has been out shopping for car seats and strollers.