Snapshots of Campus Life
Trip Start Jun 24, 2010
66Trip End May 18, 2011
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We feel very blessed to have such personal attention too, as we are surrounded by a bevy of “guardian angels” who make sure we are as comfy as we can be in our “home” here. As an example, because the meal times at the student cafeteria are short and a little outside the rhythm of our body clocks, if the students notice that we haven’t made it to a meal, someone will inevitably come running to our room to “remind” us that it’s time to eat (wouldn’t want to run the risk of the “foreign friends” going hungry….;-). In fact, on a couple of mornings when we simply decided to skip breakfast because we weren’t all that hungry, we got a knock on our door, only to find two of our student friends standing there with bowls of steaming red bean and rice congee (a thin tasty porridge) they brought for us so everyone would know we were eating enough! ;-)
We also awaken each day at about 6:00 am to the blaring but otherwise enjoyable morning exercise music broadcast throughout the campus over the large rooftop-mounted speakers, but so far we haven’t been quite motivated enough to go out and join the students for their morning fitness ritual. ;-)
In the brief time we've been here we’ve accumulated probably a billion stories, a bunch of them very special, some of them humorous, a few of them poignant, but all of them PRICELESS!! We’ll try to let the pictures tell most of the stories for right now though………………..
Note from Benjamin: We’re at the school in Nanchang and I made some new friends. I will tell you their names: Liang, Shuzeng, Pong, Michael (we can’t pronounce his Chinese name), Lulu, and many others. I have been playing ping pong with some of them. Some have wanted to learn to play baseball, so we’ve been playing catch when it’s not too hot. Even Daddy made a friend at the computer lab. We found a piano that I got to play once, but sometimes the hallway doors are locked. Otherwise, I can crawl through the window into the room! The food is good, but one night we just had to ask our friend Lulu, who speaks really good English, to go get us pizza. The pizza tasted VERY good! Another thing that has been happening a lot is students and teachers giving us many moon cakes—it’s Mid-Autumn Festival this week. We also got to watch fireworks out our apartment window. Thank you for tuning in to “Benjamin Live.” See you next time folks.
Note from Lisha: In China one time it was very windy. We had thunder and lightning and then the power went out. We told ghost stories while the power was out. I have made lots of new friends. One of my friends is eleven years old and she can speak a little bit of English. She comes here sometimes to stay with her aunt who is the Chinese teacher. The Chinese food is very good, especially the steamed rice. Sometimes we need American food, though, so once we went to KFC and when we had pizza, I ate three pieces. Lots of the girls can speak better English than the boys. I like to help out in our classes. I got to sing a song and do a little ballet. I also told about how we like to go camping at Grandma and Grandpa’s farm. Some of the girls let me come to their dance class and we practiced a routine like “Kung Fu Panda.” We do our math every day and we’ve been practicing writing poems. I am very good at it. Love, Lisha
And there you have it – some glimpses of the life on the Jiangxi Civil Affairs School campus as we’ve come to know and love it! You’ll undoubtedly hear more snippets of our experiences here as time goes on, but I think you’ve now probably got a pretty good flavor of what we’ve been in the middle of for the last few weeks…………..and it’s all been quite “TASTY”!! ;-)