Thursday, March 20, 2008

Traveling to Danang

We finally made it! The flight to Danang was pleasant. Meeting our guide, Thuy, at the Danang airport was such a relief. She hired a taxi for the drive to our hotel, and we were grateful for her connections to MyLinh. Thuy is the one who does the updates, so she had lots to tell us! She elaborated on the quotes we posted this morning (taken directly from the update), and she must have said 6 times how MyLinh likes to be held ALL THE TIME. Thuy said, "Your arms will be very tired." Sounds like we will literally have our hands full!

We settled into our room for a bit, where I tried to get a something in me to settle my stomach. Not sure if it was nerves, the food, or fatigue (or a combination of all), but I have not been feeling grand. Feeling a bit perkier, we took a very round about taxi drive to My Khe (China Beach). It should have taken us minutes, but instead ended up being a site seeing tour with a non-English speaking guide! Danang is a strange juxtaposition of industry and poverty, and it was a fun ride, though we felt fortunate to be in one piece once our driver stopped. It comes down to this: no one obeys traffic laws. (Maybe there aren’t traffic laws??) We drove the wrong way on a clearly marked one way, cut off pedestrians and cyclists (including children), passed on corners and straddled any and every lane line. Whew!

With the silky sand between our toes and hand-woven fishing boats bobbing on the turquoise waves before us, the death defying drive was quickly forgotten. We visited with some children wanting to practice English, collected seashells and watched some interesting fauna. My boys, you would have loved the lightening fast, sand-colored crabs! They were almost invisible, they were camouflaged so well. What an incredible Creator!

We are sunkissed and tired and will try to attempt sleep. MyLinh begins her journey home tomorrow!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

So glad you made it safely to Danang and to the beach. :) MyLinh's update sounds like she is doing fantastic. I'll be thinking about you on your special day tomorrow. I'm sure it will be wonderful to hold her in your arms.

--Maria, Madeleine and family

Anonymous said...

So pleased to follow this wonderful journey with you! Can't wait to see the first pictures of MyLinh in your "tired" arms!! And can't wait to meet her and her punk hair-do! :o)

Prayers abounding your way from us!!

Love, Deanna :o)

Jordan and Amber said...

I have been checking and checking. Where are the pics of our little niece? Can't wait to see you w/ her!! Praying like crazy for a safe and smooth transition. Lots of Love, Big Bro

Anonymous said...

Hey Riann and Alex - thanks for your news - so excited for you all! Love, Sue Grigel

asian~treasures said...

By now, you probably have MyLinh in your arms & she's your forever!! Can't wait to check in the morning & hopefully see pictures of your precious girl!!

We're praying & hoping that the G&R was smooth...that MyLinh is able to grieve her losses & start to bond & attach to her mommy & daddy.

: ) Sheri, David, Micah & Noah-in DaNang! (Holt BB)

asian~treasures said...

By now, you probably have MyLinh in your arms & she's your forever!! Can't wait to check in the morning & hopefully see pictures of your precious girl!!

We're praying & hoping that the G&R was smooth...that MyLinh is able to grieve her losses & start to bond & attach to her mommy & daddy.

: ) Sheri, David, Micah & Noah-in DaNang! (Holt BB)

Jordan and Amber said...

Hey sis, hope the ceremony went well. PRobably tough since you would want her to cling to/love you as mom. Probably not the reality of the situation. Praying that the transition goes well. Big Bro

Max & Anne-Marie said...

How exciting that you are THERE Riann! Weather's a LOT better now than when we were there in Jan (cool and gray). Perhaps the ceremony is going on now? I'll be praying for MyLinh and your transition!