Firecrackers, Festivals, and Food!

Trip Start Apr 17, 2010
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Trip End Jul 02, 2010


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Flag of China  , Sichuan,
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Our day literally started off with a bang! As we were preparing for class at the high school, we suddenly heard firecrackers going off. Traditionally, this sometimes marks the death of someone, but today it had a different meaning. It was the reopening of the main entrance to the campus after many months of construction of new high-rise apartments across the street. The gate had been kept closed for the safety of the students and staff entering and exiting the school. They set off thousands of firecrackers at the gate, lasting at least 5-10 minutes. The students and staff didn't seem fazed in the least and continued their classes. Talk about a grand re-opening!

The Senior 1 lessons were repeats or continuations of previous topics. Ms. Long's classes continued to look at foods and healthy choices, while Mr. O repeated his lesson on festivals and celebrations with his three other groups. Despite a brief power outage at one point in the morning, we had successful lessons with active learners.

The afternoon was again typical for us, naps and reviewing the next day's lesson. Ms. Long got in a little workout, while Mr. O viewed the video he downloaded the day before.

Our evening was more singing practice after a few strolls around the athletic field track. As we walked over the building, we saw Jane and her son, Devin. Mr. O did a double-take when he saw Devin. He was wearing a t-shirt that had the name of Mr. O's university, Illinois State, on it! Devin had no idea why Mr. O was so excited, but it was definitely a photo moment and another example of how small our world has become. We also saw one of our students with an "I'm with him!" t-shirt that his class was going to wear Friday night for the singing contest. Ms. Long was determined to find the "I'm with her!" t-shirt! People like to wear t-shirts with interesting graphics on them, even if they don't have a clue about what the words say or mean!

Once we got to singing practice and warmed up, we moved outdoors to organize the teacher group on risers. Of course, Mr. O  was where he expected, top row, center, and tallest in the group! There was a male teacher just a few inches shorter. But, the big news was that Ms. Long was the tallest woman in the group! She was excited about that.
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