Trip Start Apr 17, 2010
80Trip End Jul 02, 2010
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We traveled southeast to the small town of San Yuan, in Gao County. Frank's former student and Molly's classmate, Milly, lived there with her husband and young son, Tiger. Together, we traveled up a steep hillside to a farm where loquats were grown and sold. Because of the amount of rain that these areas get, the roads were extremely muddy and slippery. You could not avoid walking in mud when you got out of the car
After we purchased bags of the fruit, Frank carefully drove back down the hill to the main road. This was a first for Frank, and he handled the driving well. We stopped at a roadside fruit stand to look at more loquats. Mr. O took several pictures of the breathtaking views of the valley. The farmers use every possible piece of land to grow crops of corn, rice, cabbage, and other vegetables.
Milly took us to Shahe, where she is a Junior School teacher. We met several of her students at the school, who were very excited to meet us. The school has about 1,000 students from the area. We were treated to lunch at a local restaurant in Shahe, where they specialized in dishes made with tofu. Almost everything we ate had this soybean product as an ingredient.
We returned to the hotel mid-afternoon and managed to get in a nap. Then we walked to the high school (about 20 minutes) for evening singing practice for Friday's competition. It was a long, sometimes frustrating evening as we worked hard to learn the two songs. We took a pedicab home. We discovered that our internet service was not working, but eventually it was back online. We both put the finishing touches on Monday's lessons and called it a day!