Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Arrived in Shanghai

We arrived in Shanghai at 1:30 p.m. (1:30 A.M. Atlanta time) on May 6th. The flight was very smooth and on time (15 hours from Atlanta). As we landed in Shanghai, a doctor and six fully clothed nursess in white uniforms (from head to toe with face masks) boarded the plane to take everyone's temperature before we could depart the plane. They were being careful that no one came in with the new flu virus. This took about 30 minutes to check everyone on a full plane.

It took an hour in the Shanghai airport going through customs and getting our bags. We spent about 30 minutes trying to locate the right bus for the hotel (after asking four different people and getting four different answers). Finally, we boarded the bus and spent an hour in the bus during late afternoon traffic rush. Once at the hotel, it took another three people and about 30 minutes to get us connected to the internet. It was 6 p.m. and we were both very tired from the long trip.

At 7 p.m. (7 a.m. Atlanta time) we headed to bed. It had been exactly 24 hours from the time we left our house until we climbed into bed. At 10:00 p.m. we were awaked by a phone call from a girl we met in Beijing that we wanted to see while we are in Shanghai. By 3 a.m. Ron and I are both awake and ready to get up. Ron started on his computer and I read until 5 a.m. It is daylight and the sun is coming up at that time in Shanghai. During the winter, it was not daylight until after 7 a.m.

Ron is having breakfast this morning with a businessman from Singapore that is interesting in knowing more about our work in China.

The landscaping is beautiful here. Everything is very green and healthy looking so they have had plenty of spring rain. Flowers and colorful shurbbery are everywhere.

We leave about 1 p.m. today from the small airport near our hotel to fly to Changde. We will meet our co-worker, Judy Yang, there to complete the work needed in preparation for the August cleft palate medical mission that will take place at a hospital in Changde.

I'm not sure where we will go from there. I will try to post each day to the blog and report on what we have done each day. I hope to connect on my computer (not Ron's) from other hotels because I am much more familiar with it and have a wireless mouse. I can't seem to work the built in mouse very well on Ron's laptop.

Thanks for your prayers for our safety and success on this trip.

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