I apologize - I am having a terrible time blogging using both the app and direct internet.
Our orphanage visit was not prescheduled like previous adoptions, and I about fell over when we were told it would be 1500 yuan to go. I knew we had already paid for our driver for the day and put up a mild stink. Lo and behold it was much cheaper and faster to take the bullet train. Perfect. They neglected to tell me we wouldn't be able to see the orphanage because it wasn't an official visit. However after finding out the story of Dawson's best friend I knew we had to go.
And I have everyone beat lol - watching Frozen on the ipad - going through china at 200km/h while a very pale child belts out let it go lol in English!
Liuzhou is beautiful. It features the "cast" type mountains of Guilin without the water. The orphanage staff met us at the train station and picked us up. We were ushered into the front room, offered pears (I am allergic to apples and kept worrying I would get sick lol). Everyone came in to see Dawson and meet our family. He was the rock star of the orphanage they said. He apparently went home with the director some evenings which explains a lot.
Then we went out front for pics, while the driver went off to the school to get Afu (Dawson's best friend). Apparently he had an American family who wanted to pursue him ( I have no idea if that means they came to china or he was somewhere in the paperwork portion). He was to scared and refused to be adopted. Seeing his personality I can see that but it was almost like a stab in the heart when I found out he was 14. I am thankful he is still living at the orphanage and being allowed to go to school.
Orphanage director and Brahm has Dawson's present for adult
I guess there ar 200 kids at the orphanage. The older and apparently smarter ones go to school in town, which they take a bus to (or the driver takes them.)
When Dawson had to run in and go to the bathroom, I put my phone in Brahms pocket and he took a few pics for me. That was the closest we got. I'll post copies of the pics the staff gave us, but as far as a tour, we were told it wasn't an official visit and we normally wouldn't be allowed past the gates (fantastic!)
We were sadly ushered out before the other kids got home from school for lunch from 12-2 so we didn't disturb their nap.
So basically a strike out - except the teachers and really most of the staff seemed like the genuinely loved our son, and he was excited to see them too.
We went to the city center and Dawson had his first mcdonalds (basically because Brahm was dieing)
The area was stunning, as was the river walk
We got back to nanning right at rush hour. I think we were all done but especially Dawson.