Saying Farewell to Lanzhou

The past two days have allowed us a little more time to get to know the city of Lanzhou while continuing to learn about our sweet Ada.  This is a picture-laden post as I think the images tell more about the day’s experiences than my words can. Yesterday we spent the morning at Five Springs Park and had dinner at a Hot Pot restaurant.

Practicing calligraphy in the park.  The artist then allowed our guide to do each of our kiddos' names.
Practicing calligraphy in the park. The artist then allowed our guide to do each of our kiddos’ names.
These ladies took a break from Tai Chi to ask about us.  Most people stare, some strike up a conversation.
These ladies took a break from Tai Chi to ask about us. Most people stare, some strike up a conversation.

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Mark and Kit joined a sort of hanky sak type of game.  They were really impressed with their chest bumps!
Mark and Kit joined a sort of hacky sak type of game. They were really impressed with their chest bumps!
Why not wear a bubble hat while doing an exercise machine?
Why not wear a bubble hat while doing an exercise machine?
The monk on his iPhone at the temple in the park.
The monk on his iPhone at the temple in the park.
Ada laughing at Daddy during our walk through the zoo.
Ada laughing at Daddy during our walk through the zoo.
Hot Pot! We are pretty much the only westerners anywhere we go.  At this restaurant, our table had 2-3 attendants the whole time...and English translator, the lady who was afraid we'd burn ourselves, and a general audience amused at our lack of experience.
Hot Pot! We are pretty much the only westerners anywhere we go. At this restaurant, our table had 2-3 attendants the whole time…an English translator, the lady who was afraid we’d burn ourselves, and a general audience amused at our lack of experience.
Quite the little eater, we were told she only ate 2x a day...but she's cut back tremendously on the bottle and is trying every food item we offer her!
Quite the little eater, we were told she only ate 2x a day…but she’s cut back tremendously on the bottle and is trying every food item we offer her!

Today’s free day allowed me to rest in our hotel room (recovering from said hot pot dinner) while Mark and the Nowlins adventured across town to a market with crafts specific to Ada’s region of Gansu.  Lanzhou is the capital of the province, Gansu, so all of the official paperwork had to be completed here.  Ada’s birth town is about 8 hrs by bus from Lanzhou so we won’t have the opportunity to visit it this trip.  We hope to return with her when she is older, if that is something she seeks to do.

At least a dozen different kinds of eggs at the market.  I was severely scolded for taking this picture...not really sure why. Sorry grumpy egg sorting lady!
At least a dozen different kinds of eggs at the market. I was severely scolded for taking this picture…not really sure why. Sorry grumpy egg sorting lady!
Noodles are typical to Lanzhou cuisine, in fact there is a guy who hand pulls them for the breakfast buffet while you wait.
Noodles are typical to Lanzhou cuisine, in fact there is a guy who hand pulls them for the breakfast buffet while you wait.

Tomorrow we board a plane for Guangzhou in the south.  There we will finish up with paperwork and get Ada’s U.S. Visa….and head home!  We miss our boys tremendously, but they seem happily occupied with Mimi and Pops, their cousins and lots of love!  Thanks to everyone for continuing to pray for us!

2 thoughts on “Saying Farewell to Lanzhou

  1. Thanks for posting these beautiful pictures. Several of the guidebooks I’ve read have been less than favorable regarding Lanzhou, so these pictures have reminded me that guidebooks value destinations and entertainment over people. I’m looking forward to Lanzhou!

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