We started our day (after breakfast) by taking a bus to Shamian island, where the medical clinic is. That place was insane today! Thankfully, we didn't have to be there long. There was a huge line at the TB room, but it isn't the Chinese way to patiently stand in line and wait their turn. We let our guides push us to the front, and were out of there in a few minutes. Jeanette and Michelle were along with us. Shamian island has quite a bit of green space to run in, lots of statues, and many shops and restaurants. We picked up some clothes for Emmett, and a couple things for the girls. We bought Emmett a native outfit that we will get photos taken in, then keep for him always. We had a nice morning just wandering and shopping. It definitely is steamy here!
For supper last night we took the metro 2 stops (again a different experience that in the US. Once you find the metro and figure out which train you need; no problem. We came out to a large shopping area with many restaurants. We ate Cantonese food for supper, which was very good. We shopped for some more clothes for Emmett. I didn't bring much, because we didn't know what size he would be. We also bought a computer program for Chinese kids to learn English, and some CD's of songs in Chinese, and stories in Chinese and English. Emmett loves music! Grandma has some children's songs on her ipod on Mandarin, and he loves that! It was an interesting day! We learned more about Emmett's fear of police. We must have been in the underground at shift change during the afternoon, as we saw many groups of police moving around. Each time Emmett would come running up to me and want to be held. He would whisper in my ear something (clearly about he police), and let me carry him for a while (unusual). This occurred several times. Last night when we were walking around we saw an armored car with guards holding machine guns. The poor little guy just about came apart! He had a terrified expression on his face, turned pale, and was visibly shaking! We gave him lots of hugs, and Michelle tried to reassure him. He kept asking who the man with the gun was going to shoot, whither he would shoot a "good man" or not. Michelle tried to explain he was guarding money, but I'm not sure how much of that he understood. It was very sad to see him so scared! Hopefully we can decrease that fear as time goes on. All for now; kids are up ready for breakfast!