Sunday, February 24, 2008

Day 9-10 Tianjin: Lantern Festival and Sick Day

We got on on Thursday morning and had our usual breakfast. The breakfast buffet in Tianjin is an interesting mix of Chinese and Western food. Micah's favorite seems to be rice cereal into which he puts bits of meat, dumplings, noodles, eggs, a packet of sugar (yes, really) and whatever he likes off of mama and baba's plate.

We then all piled into taxis and took a ride to Tianjin's Culture Street to see the Lantern Festival. The Lantern Festival marks the end of the two week New Year celebration. The entire street was packed with people. The two little blonde boys in our group attracted much attention, having a band of people with cameras following them down the street. Many wanted to take pictures of Micah with his American parents. We wandered down the street, stopping in various shops. We got Micah a multi-colored pinwheel and a punching ball from the street vendors. Of course every price is negotiable and we bargained in one shop by punching numbers into a calculator.

We went to a landmark Tianjin restaraunt for lunch. We ate their speciality -Gou-buli Baozi (steemed buns) along with many other dishes. Unfortunately lunch coincided with Micah's nap time and he slept through most of it.

After lunch Bruce, Micah and I went with Wendy to Food Street - large food court kinda thing with mostly food and candy places, but also various vendors in stalls. We found one stall offering shoes and Micah chose his very own shoes. He's shown some real attachment to the shoes he was wearing in foster care. He refused to take them off, sleeping in them at night. We were hoping that new showes would help, but he still sleeps in his new shoes.

We also found out that Micah loves Mahua another Tianjin specialty that I can best decscribe as a kind of fried dough twist. He ate one whole piece. They're not bad. I don't know if I can get them at home, so I bought ten to take with us.

Every day now ends the same way. Micah gets his bath, followed by watching Elmo on the computer and then fighting sleep until he can't keep his eyes open and then finally going to sleep by 9:00 or 10:00.

On Friday, I woke with a blinding migraine. Two rounds of migraine medicine later I was still in terrible pain. A visit from Wendy brought a phone number for the local Western hospital. The thought of having to go to the hospital in Tianjin was enough to tear me out of bed.


The Evans Family said...

Hope your headache is better. I've gotten them while in China also (combination of lack of sleep, pollution and stress). Sounds like you are enjoying your time and Micah is coming along.

to sing and to dance said...

Sounds like Micah is trying to replicate congee for himself. Try giving him congee and I bet he will eat it up. It should be at every buffet for breakfast, and if you order it for dinner or lunch, it should come with a few greens and chicken mixed in.
The picture of Baba and Micah looks like they've bonded nicely. It reminds me of a picture we have of Cady and her Baba in GZ. They bonded first, and she would have nothing to do with me....But that's ok, they needed that time together.
Being sick away from home is always a bigger pain than the sickness itself. And migraines are worse than anything. I feel for you.

amy said...

Hope you feel better! I love this picture

toni said...

what a sweet picture of micah and baba. i hope your migrane is long gone now.

Steph said...

Glad to hear that Micah is starting to settle in. Sounds like you're figuring out that the same exact routine every night is what will make it get easier faster!

So sorry to hear about your migraine. I get them too, and the worst possible place I can imagine getting one is during that trip! Hope you're feeling better soon!

Have fun in GZ. It wasn't my favorite part of the trip, but I know I'm in the minority. I'm sure you'll have a blast. At least there's Starbucks! An oasis in the middle of chaos!

The Straight's said...

Sorry to hear you are sick. Hopefully you have recovered by now. Enjoy Guangzhou and be sure to let Micah ride all of the kiddie rides behind Lucy's. Shelby loved them everyday.

Dan and Liz said...

Oh I am so sorry for your migraine. I hope you are feeling better- Michelle did not take off her shoes for over 1 week except at bathtime and even after buying 2 new pairs that she picked out - she would not wear them- I think they have so little that is their very own and from foster family the shoes can be extremely important to them. It was 1 month before Michelle would wear another pair of shoes.
Congee-I agree sound like he's replicating congee- smart little guy. Michelle loves congee to this day. It is very easy to make- (still make it 1-2 times a week.

Just think you will be home soon. Yeh
Liz Dan and Michelle

Crick said...

I've been reading daily, I swear!! I have showed the pics to the kids and they have 2 things to say.
1. OH COOOL! he's sooo cute!
2. Why does he have funny looking pants and OMG! his butt is showing! MOM!

LOL! That's congratulation "speak" from my gang for ya, eh?

I've really enjoyed reading the blog and am so incredibly happy for you all. Hugs!!