We may have another week in China but we are suddenly and miraculously revitalized!  Guangzhou is just what the doctor ordered for our rather China-worn souls...

The plane ride from Zhengzhou to Guangzhou was about two hours, and sweet Quinn tackled the whole ordeal quite well, all things considered.  Momma did a great job getting us all pretty much packed up last night so all we had to do this morning was little stuff.  That said, we were able to take our time getting ready, have our morning chat with our sweet boy Mathis, whom we miss SOOOOO VERY MUCH (he's doing GREAT by the way - thanks to Ninna and everyone who's helping out!), have a leisurely breakfast and hop on the bus to the airport without any "stress."  However, as with anything we Stanberry's get ourselves involved in, it wouldn't be a day without at least SOME level of drama...

I guess the first little hiccup was at the ticket counter when a couple of Chinese guys positioned themselves RIGHT in the line of fire for me to help all the ladies in our group with their bags.  Even though neither of these guys spoke a lick of English, it was plainly clear that we were all in a group together (I don't know, maybe it was the fact that we were in the line conveniently marked "Group" - in both English AND Mandarin?  Nah... that couldn't be it).  Anyway, at first I was nice enough and just kind of smiled as I nearly fell over trying to balance between them and the mountain of bags we were maneuvering.  Next load, my smile changed to a bit of a glare.  By the third trip I was starting to sweat and, I didn't really lose it, I just kinda said "excuse me" in a not-so-nice way.  They still didn't move!  Ugh.  I'm going to have to do some of those breathing exercises to help cope with another week's worth of this "me first" attitude most of the Chinese seem to have.  It was about then that i hear Michaela hollering at me from about 50 feet away...

Quinn had thrown up. 

Good news: at least we weren't airborne. 
Bad news: it was all over Quinn AND momma.
Real Bad News: Chinese janitors (all women) immediately on the scene, less interested in cleaning up puke, more interested in taking advantage of the opportunity to scold Michaela for Quinn not being dressed warm enough - then taking it a step further and telling her this was likely the reason she had gotten sick. 

I honestly wasn't sure who to tend to first - my sweet little confused 2 year old who, other than some vomit on her shoes, seemed to be perfectly fine, or the potentially postal wife of mine, who was dreadfully near blowing her top at the free-parental-advice-giving custodians.  Yeah - she was wearing "the face."  I've seen it on a few other occasions - none of which are appropriate to repeat here.  Or...anywhere, really.

Brian and Todd had been REAL sports (since I was unaware of any of this, being engulfed in aforesaid West vs. East "Tangle in the Ticket Line") and managed to find nearly a full roll of toilet paper (not something the Chinese are real big on, so that was a feat in and of itself) and they were already on their hands and knees doing yeoman's work at cleaning up the mess.  I SO owe you one, guys.

So, we got through it.  Quinn was doing one of her cute little dances in my arms (totally oblivious and happy).  Kaylea had apparently cooled off, but not before quietly murmuring something at the last janitor lady to cross her path - not real sure what it was.  Something about clawing eyes out?  Maybe she said thawing pies out.  I don't know.  It's over.  And we're walking...

Other than going to the wrong gate, that was really the only issue for the day.  I say we're doing GREAT.  Got in to Guangzhou on time and met up with our final tour guide for the trip, Maggie.  I can already tell Maggie's got the stuff.  I'm just so totally impressed with every single one of our guides.  Wow.  Thank you God.  We really could not have done ANY of this without them.  Just awesome.  And that's saying alot coming from a AAA personality like me.  Cause, you pretty much remove your brain the minute you step foot on Chinese soil and just kind of hand it to these folks.  And I gotta tell you, they are ABSOLUTELY nothing less than STELLAR at handling each and every person's brain with utmost diligence, professionalism and courtesy as I've ever seen.  Just incredible.  OK, sorry - I know y'all want me to get on with it...

So, here we are in Guangzhou and I'm sure it is NO coincidence that this is the last place we end up.  Mainly because this place is PARADISE (at least, comparatively speaking).  And, I mean, who would want to START in PARADISE, only to go to, well...  putting it lightly,...  a cesspool?  It would be like if you started your vacation in Hawaii and ended it in um, Iraq. 

First thing that keyed us in: We can BREATHE.  Not only is there apparently no pollution (at least, you can't taste the air like in Beijing/Zhengzhou - man; talk about nasty - felt like my nostrils were permanently soaked in a wet ash tray from that disgusting bar we all hung out in our sophomore year in college and thought we were so cool...), but it is a good bit warmer here, and the humidity is JUST LIKE HOME!  95% y'all!  Next thing: trees, shrubs and grass - all lush and green and just sort of saying "hi!" Someone blurted out on the bus, "hey - the traffic is like, kind of orderly here!"  And they were right!  Oh, and NO MOPEDS!  No throngs of hundreds of mopeds driven by angry little Chinese dudes randomly running down old women and small children!  I also noticed (and maybe it's just cause it rains here) but everything seemed to be a little cleaner...

Then, we got to our hotel.  Ahhhh....  The China Hotel.  We walked in our room and everybody (even Quinn) was like "YAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!"  It was clean and NEW and there was a big huge King-sized bed and a nice clean crib for sweet Chin Chin and a mini bar and just all other sorts of Western stuff that just made us say, you know what?  We CAN do this for one more week!!!

Needless to say, we had a great night.  We've found our "second wind."  I'll let the pictures and video do most of the talking.

Touring a Buddhist Temple and some other cool stuff tomorrow.  More to come so stay tuned!



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Quinn's FIRST plane ride!