Not what we signed up for.

Trip Start May 24, 2010
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Trip End Jun 11, 2010


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Flag of China  , Zhejiang,
Thursday, May 27, 2010

So far this trip is nothing what any of us thought we signed up for. It's Better! Prof. Donovan (Jeramiah) had us all thinking we'd be in the rice patty fields with no running water and dirt roads surrounding us, but we've come to find different. We've been spending our time in cities with a ton of life all around us, eating more than we can intake and sleeping in high end hotels with beautiful bathrooms, decorations and all you can eat breakfasts. I’m a post behind because yesterday was so much fun but last night’s hotel had a flat screen T.V and a computer in each room. Now all along we’re expecting to be somewhere without internet so that was a huge surprise to all of us.

Let’s recap the highlights …



Village people

On our way from Shanghai to Longquan we stopped in a small village looking for a place to eat. What we found there was magnificent. I have pictures for you all to see. The skill these people have is just incredible and the joy on their faces is moving. The time it must take to hand sew fabric is beyond me. There’s beauty in the small things if you take a moment to step back and think about what you’re seeing. They enjoyed our company for the hour we were there. I was hesitant to take pictures of the people but they didn’t mind it at all. Some of them even posed and looked at the camera for some great shots.

We learned that the man who made us dinner in the village is a war hero. He has an award in his restaurant for invading Vietnam. It was such an honor for all of us to meet him.   

Special Dinner

We visited an Art Institute today and the President had a special dinner set up for us afterward with some of the best Chinese dished you could have. Take a look at the pics! They treat us like celebs here.. I’ll be writing more about that soon : )

Duck Tongue

We all tried duck tongue today. It was hard on the outside and chewy on the inside. It tastes exactly what you think a tongue would taste like and I can’t say any of us really enjoyed it. I only bit into mine and the little piece I had was hard to swallow and the taste of the tongue stayed with me the whole meal. I’m sorry Donald Duck.

Fight the Foreigners!

After we had dinner we decided to go downtown Lishui. We found this nightclub and decided to check it out. This guy was getting kicked out and he was fighting with security in the night club.

He was obviously intoxicated and he was pushing his way to get back it. We all found our way around him but because they let us into the nightclub he was mad. We all got in the elevator and he came inside yelling and trying to pull at us. We all had no idea what was going on. Our translator John pushed him out of the elevator and we proceeded to go upstairs. A couple minutes later a Chinese women escorted us out of the nightclub, down the back stairs and out the side of the building it was in. We were soo confused!  We found John and he told us that that guy was mad that they were kicking him out because it was too crowded but at the same time they, "Were letting the foreigners in!" and kicking him out. Lol needless to say we cut our night short and decided to go back to the hotel. I guess drunk people are the same no matter where you go!

My Last thought……Cheeseburger!!!!

I have been eating Chinese food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I know it’s only been three days but I sit quietly at dinner secretly hoping for a cheese burger; It never comes. The food here is amazing but to eat it three times a day everyday is slowly driving me crazy. When we explore the city streets tonight I’ll be searching for a McDonalds. Just thinking about melted cheese on a burger with a fluffy bun and crunchy French fries makes my mouth water!

LOVE YOU ALL,

Kate
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