Our Days in Guangzhou

Posted: June 27, 2017 by Karl Dinkler

Guangzhou has so much to offer. Yesterday, we explored a quaint part of the city called Shamian Island. It’s an island that is surrounded by the Pearl River on one side and a canal on the other. The architecture was beautiful and looked like what you would see in Charleston,…

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Greetings From Guangzhou

Posted: June 25, 2017 by Karl Dinkler

We have been enjoying the past few days with Violet in Guangzhou. Her personality has really started coming out as she becomes more and more comfortable with us over time. The flight here went very well. We even successfully navigated a last-minute gate change in Lanzhou. The flight was 3…

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Our Last Day in Beijing

Posted: June 18, 2017 by Karl Dinkler

Yesterday, we had another incredible day of sightseeing. We walked all day in quite the heat again, seeing extraordinary architecture in the historic Beijing center. Our first stop was Tiananmen Square. It’s within the top ten largest city squares in the world and just an absolutely massive space. Our second…

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The Great Wall & Olympic Village

Posted: June 16, 2017 by Karl Dinkler

It was a hot one today – 102 degrees!  Though hot, we really enjoyed seeing The Great Wall and Olympic Village.  Today also marked our first day of authentic meals (lunch and dinner). The meals were served “family style” with large bowls in the center of the table. Our guide,…

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We Made It!

Posted: June 15, 2017 by Karl Dinkler

Thank you for your prayers surrounding travel and entry today! After a little more than 15 hours on a couple planes today, we’ve made it to Beijing! It’s amazing how tired you still get after sitting for so long. It was a very smooth and non-eventful day today and we…

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Travel Day is Upon Us

Posted: June 6, 2017 by Karl Dinkler

June 14, 2017, is travel day. Wow. 591 days after we officially began our adoption journey, Nicole and I will head to China. Amidst the packing, re-packing, calling on friends that have gone before us to ensure we don’t forget anything essential and combing through our documents for what feels like…

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