It is 11:15 PM and Debbie and I are at the airport awaiting a flight from Shanghai to Manila. Getting to this point was a little eventful.
To begin the day we went to the highest observation tower - the top of the Shanghai Financial Center. Although the view was obscured due to limitted visibility over the city, the building itself is breath-taking.
We attended church with our hosts Todd and Shandy, then grabbed a bite to eat - mexican food, of all things. A few hours together, prayer and then departed.
This is where the fun begins. We catch a taxi to the subway station. Then we head out on the 50 minute ride to the airport. At least that was the plan. At nine o'clock we were escorted off the subway, because the line closes down at 9 PM. Local entrepreneurs mascerade as taxi drivers and not knowing the system, we fell for it. A man grabbed our bags, headed out of the subway station and then darted into a back alley.
Debbie is not feeling so well at this point, but we stand in the dark and bargain with the driver, not knowing if anything is to be believed. We settled on 80 RMB and he throws our bags in the trunk.
The drive is at breakneck speeds, Debbie is stressed. The sort of it - he drove us right to the counter. We jumped out, everthing was fine and I was glad to tip the guy.
Now we leave a city we have grown to like immensely. On to Manila and the ministry of Greg Lyons.
Bad news just before we left. One of our team from Germany did not have a valid passport that would allow travel outside the European Union. Bummer. Marco just called and informed us that he can't leave the country.