For Payton
and Deona


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Plans are Evolving - We're Headed to China
(September 5, 2008) (return to Homepage)
     This evening was our most non-Chinese experience we've had since we're in China. The international teachers concocted an evening of dinner together and by a vote of no descensions we ended up in downtown Nanchang in a place with a non-Chinese menu and silverware, but no chopsticks. Gail had cottage pie and I had a chircken curry. Interestingly the potpie was spicier than the curry. The we went next door for more conversation and drinks. While Gail and I babied our CocaColas others discussed the merits of our presidential candidates and the philosophy of human existence. When the conversation became intense we found the pool table. As the time approached that when the carriage becomes a pumpkin again, we asked someone to flag a taxi and we headed home.
     Another international teacher, from Florida, (that makes four Americans) just moved in onto the seventh floor. Oh, goodness, there is no elevator and we're moaning on the fourth floor. Welcome Sally.

     Below is a short essay written by a student as one our first assignments. The topic was their reaction to the Olympics. The English may be perfect but all communication is not through captial letters and proper punctuation. I think you get the point. By the way, this is very typical of how the Chinese feel about this event-"...carried forward the spirit of peace."

A note from a Chinese student about the Olympics:
     The staff placed their hopes that every guest could leave the table early so we could watch the rare and spectacular opening ceremony and enjoy the wonderful performance entirely that night. The clock on the TV was counting down but guests didn’t leave as we hoped. Our waiter’s eyes glanced at the screen now and then while they were moving. People in the dining hall changed their position to the front of the TV.
     With the time moving on, the opening ceremony started on schedule. Waiters couldn’t move anymore; guest’s chopsticks seemed to be stopped: it seemed that the delicious food lost their attraction: and taxies or pedestrians were hardly seen on the road outside. The screens at the square displayed the same pictures, which attracted goer’s eyes.
     This minute froze in my eyes. Beijing’s victory made me feel very proud of China. The splendid performance drove hundreds and thousands of audiences to emotion. China carried forward the spirit of peace.


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