Our China Trip Day 7 (Guilin) — June 5, 2012

I’ll keep this day of our trip mostly private for obvious reasons, but this was the day we visited the place Bug spent the first year of her life– the Guilin Social Welfare Institution, aka her orphanage.  Bug handled the visit very well, including our unexpected reunion with her beloved foster parents she lived with for a year and a half after her year in the SWI. 

We got the opportunity to meet the SWI director and spend over an hour with Bug’s foster parents.  We were also allowed to tour the grounds and see the preschool area where June attended preschool before we adopted her.  We even met a little girl who had her cleft surgery along with Bug five years ago (I wonder just why she hasn’t been adopted– I wish I knew her name). 

After the SWI visit we got to go out into the countryside into an area that also has significance for Bug’s past.  It was quite emotional, but there was at least one lighthearted moment.  We stopped for lunch on the outskirts of Xing’an, a small town an hour or so northeast of Guilin.  Our guide tried to order noodles with chicken for Bug, and was informed by the server that we’d have to take the whole chicken, because they’d have to go out back and kill one for us.   Simon interpreted that message (with a smile, I might add), and we all agreed we’d change the order to pork!  😉  The food ended up being fantastic– even the dish with whole fish about 3 inches long.  Yummy!

This was our last night in Guilin, and since we were exhausted and needed to pack for our flight the next night to Hong Kong, we had dinner in our room.  As usual, the food was scrumptious.  We packed, sad with the knowledge that’d we’d be leaving Bug’s home city soon.

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1 Response to Our China Trip Day 7 (Guilin) — June 5, 2012

  1. Lola Carro says:

    Hola a todas las mamas de Guilin.
    Somos una familia adoptiva de España que hemos llegado de China hace 6 meses con nuestra princesa Miriam Lin (Zhu Bao Lin), que estuvo en es orfanato de Guilin. Ahora Miriam Lin que habla bastante bien español, nos ha contado la historia de su vida con mucho detalle. Ha sufrido bastante ya que ha estado con varias familias de acogida desde muy pequeña y ha sido maltratada por alguna de ellas. Esperamos poderla ayudar a cerrar sus heridas.

    Miriam Lin, nació en 2005, ahora tiene 8 años y desde hace un tiempo nos cuenta que tenia hermanos biológicos. La Agencia que nos ayudo a tramitar su adopción nos ha ocultado mucho de su vida, de su salud…etc y también la existencia de hermanos biológicos. Ella nos cuenta que fueron adoptados en EEUU por diferentes familias cuando ella tenía unos 5 años (puede que este dato no sea muy fiable). Su hermana mayor que ella y su hermano muy pequeñito. Ella recuerda que cuando se fueron, su hermana ya era mayor y su hermano tenia un año, mas o menos.
    Miriam Lin no tiene recuerdos de su madre biológica, pero su hermana si los tenía y le hablaba de ella.
    Recuerda los nombre pero no los sabe escribir, solo sabemos que tienen en común, ZHU BAO….

    Ella quiere saber si la recuerdan, sobre todo su hermana mayor y hacerles llegar su cariño y su recuerdo.

    Por favor si tienen alguna pista, por favor pónganse en contacto con nosotros. Os paso mi email con la esperanza de que alguien sepa algo y puedan ayudarla. Muchisimas gracias.

    Un saludo

    Lola Carro (email: lolacarro@hotmail.com)

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