Rathjen Family

Rathjen Family
Rathjen, Party of EIGHT

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Our Chinese Adoption Itinerary

We got our itinerary! Yay! We just hung up from a conference call with our wonderful agency, CCAI and our travel group, Group 1851. I have always wondered what that number would be...

April 18th: Leave from Durango and fly to Denver, then on to San Francisco and then on to Beijing.
April 19th: Welcomed in Beijing by "George," our guide, Head to Qianmen Jianguo Hotel
April 20th: Tour Beijing: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Hutong Tour, Acrobatics Show
April 21st: Tour Beijing, including the Great Wall
April 22nd: Fly from Beijing to Zhengzhou, check into Crown Plaza Hotel
April 23rd: Gotcha Day! Orphanage Officer, Wang Fang will deliver our babies to us.
April 24th: Adoption is made official. We will take a bus to the registration office to complete this paperwork.
April 25th: Opportunity given to rest and/or shop for our new little family members.
April 26th: Free time is given, optional tours
April 27th: Fly out of Zhengzhou for Guangzhou, check into the China Hotel
April 28th: Take bus to Shamian Island to get the twins' physicals and visa photos
April 29th: Free day in Guangzhou
April 20th: Free day in Guangzhou
May 1st: Prepare paperwork with a rep for the Consulate Appt.
May 2nd: Free day, as we wait to receive the twins' passports
May 3rd: Consulate Appointment, take Oath
May 4th: Receive the twins' visa packets, Travel to Hong Kong by train
May 5th: Fly home from Hong Kong

We should arrive at the Durango Airport on May 5th at 5:15 p.m. China is 16 hours ahead of us here in Colorado, I have posted a China clock on the right strip of the blog. We thank each one of you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers as we complete this journey to grow our family through adoption. Trigg and Ivor were transferred back to their original orphanage last week. Please pray for them, as we understand it was not an easy transition, for they do not remember every being there and I am sure they are missing their nannies and friends as they wait for us.

Trigg Cody! Ivor Jude! Not much longer baby boys!



1 comment:

  1. So excited for you!! Not much longer!!
    So crazy reasing through your itinerary and knowing that in a year or less we will be traveling almost the same exact path. I get chills thinking about your Gotch Day!! You will be in Zhengzhou on my birthday (April 26th)!! I will be with you in spirit! Prayers and love my friend!