Saturday, August 27, 2005


Travel Plans

We will be leaving our house today and we fly out tomorrow morning. Today is our 11 year wedding anniversary! We are almost all packed up and the house is almost clean... Our itinerary is as follows:
Aug 28, Depart Traverse City for Chicago 9am, Depart Chicago at noon
Aug 29, Arive in Beijing via United 851 @ 2:30 pm. Staying at the Beijing International Hotel pictured above.
Aug 30, Visit Great Wall & Cloisonne Factory
Aug 31, Visit Tiananman Square, the Forbidden City, and Hutong Tour complete with rickshaw. Acrobatic show in the evening. Whew! we're going to be tired!
Sept 1, Flight to Wuhan. Stay at the Best Western (Mayflower) hotel. We get our babies in the afternoon - Gotcha Day!
Sept 2, Adoption registration & notarization.
Sept 3, Free Day
Sept 4, Free Day - We hope to visit Xiaogan City, Where Ari's orphanage is located and where we believe she is from.
Sept 5, Visit Yellow Cane Pagoda (tourist attraction in Wuhan)
Sept 6, Receive all the documents.
Sept 7, Flight to Guangzhou, Stay at the White Swan Hotel. Visa pictures for Ari in the afternoon.
Sept 8, Medical exam for Ari and visa appointment.
Sept 9, Take adoption oath at 4 pm (4 am est time); pick up visa at 4:30 pm.
Sept 10, Flight to Hong Kong, then to Chicago, then arrive in Traverse City at 8pm

Hey Burgie Family,

The Dork Family (Steve, Kathy, Cameron, and Spencer)have been praying for you all. I saw your mom yesterday at church and she said that you had gotten off ok on Saturday. I tried to call but couldn't get through, You had probably already left Manistee. Anyway, I will be checking the Blog daily. We are very excited for you guys and can't wait to meet Ari.

God speed.

Steve, Kathy, Cameron and Spencer
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