A great big headline to catch some attention, because everyone likes attention

So you understand the roaring wave of fear that swept through the greatest city in the world just as Monday was dawning--the stream of flight rising swiftly to a torrent, lashing in a foaming tumult round the railway stations, banked up into a horrible struggle about the shipping in the Thames, and hurrying by every available channel northward and eastward. By ten o'clock the police organisation, and by midday even the railway organisations, were losing coherency, losing shape and efficiency, guttering, softening, running at last in that swift liquefaction of the social body.

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Ella has Landed

We made it home. And get this.. they actually let us bring Ella! It is a mind bender that she is actually here. She is beautiful, smart and a pure joy. The plane ride home was uneventful, just long. We are still recovering from a bit of jet lag. Which is working out just fine as some quiet time at…

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So Long White Swan

12/12/06 6:30PM Here at the White Swan Hotel it is like staying in a stateside resort. Big buffet breakfast, pools, overpriced restaurants & shops… feels like a vacation resort. I can’t wait to leave. And we are doing just that tomorrow morning. We are going to pack up and head to the airport at 7:00AM. In talking with some other…

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A Glimpse of Guangzhou

This city is huge. Last night we took a river cruise down the Pearl River, which splits Guangzhou in half. The high rises and hotels seem to go on forever. You could easily fit 20 Seattle Metro areas into this one city. It’s also completely different how the government treats it. All the buildings are lit bright with neon all…

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Final Countdown

12/12/06 7:30 AM Well this is it. Final full day in China and I don’t think everyone could be happier. We have had a wonderful time but two weeks is plenty; all sharing small spaces and small beds, thinking about what you’re eating all the time and just missing friends & family. Today we will go the consulate for Ella’s…

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A Night of Noodles & Nothing More

12/9/06 7:20 PM Ella had a fairly traumatic time with doctors poking and prodding, measuring listening and looking here and there. She cried a lot and did not like the doctors at all. I must say it was kind of frightening. With all the doctors wearing these big white facemasks and talking a million miles an hour. I am thinking…

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Snapshot of Nanning

12/8/06 Nanning is a very large city. It also has the largest amount of scooters per capita for all of China. Everywhere you go people are zipping around on all types of scooters and small motorcycles. Crossing the street is a real challenge there are very few streetlights and virtually no crossing signs. You just step into traffic then bob…

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Leaving Nanning

12/8/06 11:50 AM Today we leave Nanning. We will board a plane for Guangzhou, the location of the American Consulate. We will have to visit a few doctors and then finish our stay in China at the consulate. I am ready to leave Nanning and anxious to see how this short flight goes with Ella.

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End of Day 4 with Ella

12/7/06 8:45 PM Just a few more pictures from Dad Day 2. Right now Ella is happily chattering in her crib and the kids are winding down to go to bed. Today finished as another great day. We visited the village this morning and Ella & I spent another afternoon together. She is really breaking out of her shell. On…