|These are my cups. I didn't know what to do with them a week ago, but now they're pretty cool.|
|Oh...did you notice I'm sitting up? I couldn't do this a week ago, either.|
|Excuse me a moment. Gotta arrange my cups.|
|Yeah, I'm still sitting. And I'm pretty darn proud of myself!|
And then the weeble wobbled, and did fall down. And then giggled. 'Cause falling down is hilarious! That last photo? That smile? Makes it all worth it. Amazing, the difference one week and a whole lot of prayer make in the life of an orphan-no-longer.
On a less poignant note...we went to the jade and pearl markets this afternoon. Talk about overwhelming. Stall after stall, corridor after corridor, of exactly the same, mostly green, stuff. And we Americans, not even knowing if we're being swindled. Not my idea of a good time.
|Vince is pretty sure SARS originated in this very alley.|
The "pearl market" was actually an indoor mall. Five (maybe six?) floors with nothing but beads and jewelry. Insane. We didn't even make it past the first floor.
|Beads, pearls, crystals, jewelry. Every. Single. Store. I swear.|
This is a marathon post, so I'll just keep going. I took a lot of photos today. The rest are of Shamian Island.
|Outside a Chinese restaurant. Do you pick out your meal before going in? I don't know, and I don't want to know.|
|Some of these buildings are businesses; some are residential.|
|View of "off the island"--the rest of Guangzhou, a city of about 14 million|
|Christ Church. We had hoped to attend a service, but didn't make it in time.|
|Apartments, I think?|