Today is the day we have been waiting for ... the day our entire trip is scheduled around. Today was our Consulate Appointment. We went to the U.S. Embassy to take an oath and to complete our paperwork. We are now waiting on them to issue Eli's Visa, which we should have tomorrow afternoon. Once we have that, we can come home!
I have always been proud to be an American, but there are some days where being an American is extra special and today was one of those days. There were lines of people standing outside just waiting to get into the Consulate to apply for a Visa to come to the U.S. Because we are U.S. citizens, we walked right in. When we process through Immigration in Chicago, Eli officially becomes a U.S. citizen. How cool is that?!
After the Consulate Appointment, we went to the pearl markets and also to a street full of stores and people. We did not buy any pearls this time around because we had bought them when we were here with Bella. It's a good thing too, because the prices have risen significantly.
Everything is being decorated for Chinese New Year, so that is really neat to see. We are thankful that we are here this week because we keep hearing how busy everything will be next week because most Chinese people travel back to their home towns. Shops even close down.
We needed some more formula and diapers so we took a taxi from the market street to a store a lot like Wal-Mart. The store was several levels downstairs. The cart's wheels are magnetic so you can take the carts to other levels without losing control of them.