China Team Journal

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles."

This trip has been an amazing cultural experience for me and the time is going by so quickly.  Today we enjoyed a comfortable half day of teaching. My students were biomedical engineering majors and enjoyed ordering from the menus and playing with the fake U.S. money. Later we built our “dream house” on the chalkboard and practiced vocabulary pronunciation related to homes.

After a delicious lunch at our hotel with Baoli, our volunteer group headed to the South Gate of the Wall in Xi’an. We strolled the old Art Street. There were lots of beautiful paper cuttings. So we enjoyed some ice cream, walked the old wall, watched drummers perform, and practiced our traffic dodging skills before catching a cab back.

Our dinner was a fascinating lamb bread stew (Yangrou Paomo) which was quite delicious. Judy opted out of the stew, but chose delicious beef with greens and fried rice instead.

Tomorrow is forecasted for rain, but I am looking forward to cooler weather. There’s lots of fun activities and cultural discoveries ahead for us.

- Wendy