One family from our travel group leaves for home tomorrow. They are the first to go. It will be sad to see them go. We have formed a very close relationship with these people and their girls. We talk about having reunions every so often and I hope that we do. They have been our support system since we've been in China.
Todd is out shopping with Howie, from Maine. Apparently, Howie says you get better deals at night than in the day. Shops around here stay open very late and they open very early. Today we took it upon ourselves to cross the canal bridge and venture into the "real" Guangzhou City. One couple in our group, Mike and Barb from New Jersey, had some friends who were here in January and they had given them a hand-drawn map of Guangzhou. Guangzhou City is different from the island we are staying on and we are separated by the Pearl River. Shamian Island is built around the adoption industry. All of the stores cater to the adoptive clientel. Once you cross the bridge over the canal, you are in a different world. It really is the China you see in books. We walked by the strangest sights and smelled the oddest things imaginable.