I'd had a soda, and Elli had asked me for a drink. She was holding the soda when a monkey started toward her. Elli tried to get away but the monkey reached for the bottle. Virgil yelled at her to let the bottle go, and she dropped it and ran. Scared her and Meimei half to death. But then it got funny. The monkey grabbed the bottle, went over to his perch, opened the bottle, and proceeded to drink the soda. Turned that Pepsi upside down and drained every last drop. If we had had a video it would have went viral, except for the fact people probably would have thought it was fake. We laughed and laughed- everyone except Elli. She still doesn't see the humor in it.
We were supposed to have walked down further to where even more monkeys were, but since Elli wasn't too happy, we skipped that. We climbed some more steps and came out to an overlook at the top of that mountain. There was an unbelievable view of the city below us and mountains all around us. We finished by taking the sky tram down. Virgil and Meimei were two cars in front and me and Elli (Delorece our guide was in the middle car with Erin, describing the view to her). At one point Meimei looked back and realized we were there, and I could see her trying to get Virgil's attention to tell him. She kept looking back and waving and when we stepped out of the tram she came running over to me.
This afternoon was spent packing and preparing for the flight tomorrow. We leave the hotel at 1:00, and if the flight isn't delayed, we will arrive in Guangzhou about 6. Our time here has been good. We've had so many people showing us kindness (surprisingly, when we were here 4 years ago, this was the province who was least friendly to us- thankful that wasn't the case this time). The temperature has also spoiled us. It has been in the 70's the entire week. Guangzhou will probably be hot like Haikou was, but we've enjoyed the respite from the heat this week.
This will be Meimei's first flight, so we'd appreciate prayers for her. Also, as our time gets closer for us to head home, Erin gets more and more anxious. She is nervous about meeting everyone and learning a new way of life. Please pray that God would calm her heart.