Nanxi - Saturday

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

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Flag of China  , Sichuan,
Saturday, April 24, 2010

We arrived late Friday night in Yibin to a welcoming committee of several teachers and administrators, including our friends, Mary and Sally, who spent time at our school in the fall. We received beautiful bouquets of flowers. We took a bumpy ride to Nanxi (they are currently building a new road linking Yibin to Nanxi). We got to our hotel around midnight. We were tired and ready for bed!

Saturday morning, breakfast was delivered to us from the high school. After we ate, Sally took us on a walking tour of the neighborhood. We live in the heart of the shopping district in an older part of Nanxi. All of the buildings were bustling with people and vehicles. In Nanxi, the rules of the road are very flexible. Cars, pedicabs, bicycles, and pedestrians share the road, so lots of honking and maneuvering. Any part of the road is fair game to travel! You have to keep your eyes and ears open at all times! Sally took us to the junior high school where we will spend some of our teaching time. Students were in class on Saturday! Their day runs from 7:50 a.m. to noon, a 2 1/2 hour break for lunch and rest (some students live at the school, others go home), then classes resume from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. Very different from Jenks!

Frank picked us up later and took us to the high school where we will do some of our teaching. We got to see our offices and view a few classes. The students were very excited to meet us! Lunch was at the school's cafeteria, where we will eat most of our meals while in Nanxi. The chefs were very friendly and prepared a delicious meal. We can have Western style meals at breakfast and experience their foods at the other meals.

We returned to the hotel to take a nap, then Mary took us on another walking tour of the area. We walked by the Yangtze River, the third longest river in the world. People were sitting outside at cafes relaxing. It's hard to describe all of the things we saw on our walking tours. A great variety of life!

Our dinner was at a local restaurant where we met Principal Gu, Principal Lin, and others from the school, who welcomed us and celebrated their recent completion of the second round of testing. So much food! We got to try Hot Pot, which is a large 2-section pan filled with sesame oil. One side is VERY spicy hot, the other is milder. Different foods (mutton/lamb, beef, chicken, and different types of vegetables were put in and cooked. You took your chopsticks and took what you wanted to eat, then dipped it in a sauce you created for yourself. Mr. O was adventurous and tried the spicy side. OOOH!
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Ronnie Bunn on

Hey Ms. Long, well Mrs. Jordan is starting to grow on me and I'm starting to get used to her being the new you. But i still miss you :D

Ms. Long on

Ronnie, I'm so glad Mrs. Jordan is growing on you! She is a wonderful person and teacher who wants to do her best for all of you! I do miss you all dearly though! Love, Ms. Long

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