Dani is like, “Hey people! My shoes are on, it’s time to go. Why are you making me wait?”
The day started with the girls sleeping late and then going down for breakfast. We had a relaxed morning in the room and I ran out to get some food at a little bakery across the street to go with the noodles we were going to eat in the room.
Dani decided to stop screaming every time we got in an elevator 🙂
In the afternoon I had plans to go shopping with Ann from Red Thread. Mike stayed back in the room with the girls to have a nap and wait for Lily to bring our paperwork from the Consulate. I gave her my list before we left the Garden and we hopped in a cab and were on our way. I had so much fun with Ann. We laughed and laughed and she told me that I was a fast walker for a non-Chinese. HA HA! I was on a mission to buy some more of what we purchased in the past and things that I regretted not getting in 2011. First we went to the warehouse part of town that sells toys, silks and hair bows and clips. We started with the silks and I bought one of each size dress going up to teen size for the girls to wear for things like the Chinese New Year party at Chinese school. I also picked up a couple of silk tops for myself. Then we went to the bottom floor to the hair clip place that she took me to in 2011. I totally stocked up for our girls and for gifts!
From there we took a cab over to the area of town where the wholesale jade stalls are set up in a bunch of winding alleys. I wanted to look for some specific ornaments and bracelets for the girls and for gifts. That was really fun because you could tell it was not a place that Westerners usually went. I was asking about different designs and the woman agreed to take us down to her store house underground. Ann told me I was very lucky because most people don’t get to go down there. Ann took several photos of me and she said I was just having fun wherever I went 🙂
Way underground. Ann said, “Pretend you got kidnapped.” Then I just started laughing.
Ann and I at the end of our adventure!
After picking up the items there we went to our final stop which was the children’s wholesale district. I picked up a bunch of TOTALLY awesome unique shoes for the girls. Ann told me to stop acting like I liked the shoes so much because she didn’t want them to make the prices higher. Then I picked up some Hello Kitty clothes for the girls and a Batman and Superman shirt for Nadia. Last, we took the subway and after 3 hours of fun I was back at the hotel. Mike said Dani slept the entire time, and the other girls napped and then watched “My Neighbor Totoro” on the Kindle.
I made Nadia laugh hysterically.
And Nadia laughing so hard made Dani laugh extra hard.
For dinner we decided to head over to The Italian Restaurant to have a full meal, not just take out pizza. It was American prices but AMAZING. We started with garlic bread and here was Dani’s face after the first bite.
Then she just kept asking for more!
We had the very best broccoli of our life – even Amelie kept asking for more. Then our pasta dishes came out. The girls and I shared two different dishes and Dani went wild for the Pesto Spaghetti. I finally had to cut her off because I was afraid she might get sick from eating so much.
We walked back to the hotel and then got the girls into bed. Our trip is almost over and we are all ready for home. Nadia is in dire need of a chance to be somewhere quiet and alone. Amelie is in need of her routine. It’s been good, but on these trips, once the American documents are delivered to the hotel…we are ready to be home.