Motel 268 Xiamen Railway Station
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... of English. I have held so many children I have lost count, and I have posed with a toothless grinning woman well into her 90's that I had to hold her up for fear she may fall over!
I love coming to this country. It is vast. It is raw. It is unpredictable. It is unnerving. It is also one of the warmest places one can visit.
A few photos of some of those moments...
... forget or have no luck finding one of several electric passenger golf carts to take you there.
The tide was out when I arrived, so a steep climb down barnacled stone steps took me along the shoreline of fishing boats where people live, fish and trade from their vessels. It is very much a marine atmosphere here that takes you back to a slow and different time.
The reality check however is a glance back to the mainland ...
... Geng. Geng was born here but made his fortune in rubber in Singapore. At the time, he felt the people of this area needed a central education facility.
I will only be here this one night before a bit of travel tomorrow to live in the round houses of the Hakka ethnic minority. The round houses, as you will see, were mistaken by the USA, back in the Cold War days, as missile silos!
It has been a long travel day. Tomorrow I shall have more to ...
... and I saw plenty people fishing. I also went to a lake and fed swans. I also had fabby chocolate cake! I was nervous at first about going but I enjoyed it a lot. I also got to dress up in traditional dress which made me feel like Mulan." - Sophie
"Today we each got paired with a Chinese student to spend the day with. My partner was Wu Ji. We went to his house in the suburbs we watched TV and listened to music. Later ...
... least bit bothered! The highlights of our flight to Xiamen - Mrs Bryce hoarded a dozen bananas and a Chinese man photobombed Kyle's selfie. As ever, we recieved a very warm welcome from our Xiamen hosts, and after feeding us we were taken on a shopping trip where our pupils got a chance to meet some of their Chinese counterparts. A different group of students accompanied us to a different mall on the second day - and unfortunately some encured the wrath of Mrs Bryce due to a last ...