Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Kien Giang























We got up early and started our long trek to Kien Giang province, the southernmost region of Vietnam. It was a seven-hour van drive past some beautiful countryside, thousands and thousands of tiny mom-and-pop shops, down bumpy, narrow dirt roads and on two ferries. Along the way we ate some wonderful regional food at a rest stop and visited a couple of very interesting restrooms. The typical was the hole-in-the-floor type, but the most unusual consisted of several unisex stalls out in the open with nothing more than a small bamboo door (covering from about chest to knees) to separate the visitor from the rest of the whole wide world. I was standing in a stall between two men. The stall was simply a sloped concrete floor with a grate at the lower end. You then grab a ladle of water from a plastic garbage can just outside the stalls to "flush". If you ever plan to visit Vietnam, bring toilet paper. It's not generally provided. When we first arrived in Kien Giang, we visited Kien Giang orphanage where Ephraim and Olivia first lived. I've included pictures of the baby room, the director, and the roster listing Ephraim's name. His Vietnamese name is Tran Van Hoang. That evening we stayed in the Kim Son Hotel overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. We rented a first-class room for $16 a night! The room was very tiny but clean and quiet, and the staff was very polite and accomodating. There was no crib, so Ephraim slept on the bedspread on the floor. They advertise firm beds, and they are right! The plumbing was interesting. There is no drain in the bathtub/shower, so the water runs down the stairs and into a hole in the middle of the bathroom floor. That evening we ate in a wonderful open-air restaurant and strolled around the village. It's so quiet and peaceful here! I wish we could spend more time seeing the area before heading back to the big city.

1 comment:

Denise said...

I just ran across your site. I adopted a daughter from Kien Giang in August of 2007. It's always great to be in touch with families who have adopted children from my daughter's first home.
Take care!

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Adoption Timeline

  • 2006
  • November 8 - Application Mailed
  • November 22 - Accepted
  • November 24 - I-600A Mailed
  • November 27 - Delivery Confirmed
  • November 28 - Receipt of I-600A
  • November 30 - Fingerprint Notice
  • December 15 - Home Study Update
  • December 21 - Stacey Fingerprinted
  • December 28 - Added to List (#116)
  • 2007
  • January 24 - Home Study Mailed
  • January 25 - Ben Fingerprinted
  • February 8 - Waiting List (#111)
  • February 20 - Waiting List (#109)
  • February 27 - Waiting List (#105)
  • March 8 - Waiting List (#101)
  • March 22 - Waiting List (#99)
  • April 19 - Waiting List (#98)
  • April 25 - Dossier Authentication
  • May 2 - Delivery Confirmed
  • May 2 - Added to SN Wait List
  • May 3 - Waiting List (#97)
  • June 7 - Waiting List (#86)
  • June 25 - Dossier Translated
  • June 28 - On Waiting List Six months
  • July 9 - Waiting List (#81)
  • August 6 - Waiting List (#4 SN)
  • August 8 - Waiting List (#76)
  • September 7 - Waiting List (#70)
  • October 8 - Waiting List (#67)
  • October 22 - Waiting child -- OURS!!
  • October 23 - Official Referral Date
  • October 25 - Letter #1 Submitted
  • October 29 - Referral Receipt - CHI
  • 2008
  • February 5 - Fingerprint Request
  • February 7 - Proof of Delivery
  • March 1 - All Fingerprinted
  • March 3 - I-600 Application Mailed
  • March 5 - I-600 Acknowledgement
  • April 17 - I-600 Approval!
  • May 2 - Original G & R Date
  • May 3 - Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
  • May 5 - MEET EPHRAIM!
  • May 6 - Drive to Kien Giang
  • May 7 - G & R Ceremony
  • May 8 - Medical, Apply for Passport
  • May 12 - Fly to Hanoi
  • May 13 - Visa appointment at USCIS
  • May 14 - Pick Up Visa, Fly Home
  • May 15 - Arrive in Nashville!
  • May 23 - Certificate of Citizenship
  • June 12 - Re-Adoption Filed by Court
  • July 3 - Tennessee Birth Certificate

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