WHEW!! The last 24 hours have been a whirlwind of phonecalls, emails, 100's of questions, and lots of smiles and even a few sighs: But, the bottom-line is, we have our flights booked, we are headed out to Taiwan, and we will have our son in our arms on March 10th!!
We will leave from Minneapolis on Friday, March 7, fly to Seattle, and board EVAir at 1:30 Saturday morning. The 13 hour flight will land us in Taipei on Sunday morning, and after a shower and hopefully a bit of a nap, we will get to meet our email buddies Katie and Alex and their new son Leo. Gotcha day for us is the 10th, AIT appointments are the 11th and 12th, and we will fly back to the states on Thursday night at 11pm. That flight brings us back to Seattle at 6:30pm THURSDAY!! Boy, that is going to be a very LOOONNGG day! We will overnight in Seattle, take a flight to Minneapolis Friday afternoon, arriving back in Minnesoat at 8:30, stay overnight there, and head home Saturday sometime.
We were tempted to marathon it and just "get home", but we have to remember we are not traveling alone, nor do we only have only one toddler who won't be sleeping much anyway. We hope the extra 2 nights in the states will begin to help us readjust to US time, and help the bonding time with Tyler.
We won't be doing much sight-seeing in Taipei outside of some local sites, but there is still much to see and do while there, and the most important thing will be for all 4 of us to enjoy our time getting to know Tyler, and all being together, without the demands of the farm pulling at us for those very important first days together.
Our hotel is Agora Gardens which is picutured at the right. It is beautiful, and really reminds us of the Presidents' Hotel where we stayed in Moscow 4 times.
We are hoping to get some swimming in for the children, as Nick and Kendell will need some alone time with Dad or Mom and we are hoping Tyler has at least seen a pool before, so he is not terriffied of all the water. Looks like a lovely place to spend some quality family time and get some rest too! There is also a zoo in Taipei we will check out, as well as Taipei 101, the night market, and various other "must sees" on our fellow-bloggers lists.
Well, it seems like the hard part is over-everything is booked, now we have to get ready on this end of things-
Pack, finish the gift buying, clean the house, get all the paperwork together,
and hand our farm off to our very capable employees next Thursday and don't look back!!
Chris and family