Goodbye for now, BUT not for long.........

Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
Trip End Dec 31, 2009

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Flag of China  , Guangdong,
Friday, October 30, 2009

After nine months of living here in China it is now time to leave. Something that became routine since leaving our home in Canada on June 30th, 2008 (487 days ago) has become very difficult. We have met so many great people who have become good friends; we have been treated with more respect and generosity than we deserve and are leaving with a very strong desire to return - if just to visit all the wonderful people who have shaped our lives since moving to Zhuhai City.

I have been inspired by the teachers and students at Tao Yuan Middle School and could not imagine a better way to spend my last day then with teachers and students keen on learning but hungry and passionate about their futures - just waiting for them to seize it!!

My last class Friday ended with my students organizing a very sentimental farewell party of songs, gifts and kind words and gestures. I was so moved that I shared tears with a number of my students.

It was equally difficult saying good bye to my fellow teachers as well as the people who became very important parts of our lives so instead I said "good bye for now but not for long" - that seemed to make things a little easier.

 We took the past week to give everything we couldn't carry with us away, cleaned our apartment and generally prepared for yet another transition.

 Janice and the kids had a 'sleep over' party with an American family whose father/husband is a shoe designer.

 On Sunday I went to the Ultimate International Club (a very exclusive Spa) with my good friend Henry where we played tennis, worked out in the gym, swam in the largest and cleanest pool I have ever been in and then topped it off with Advanced Hot Yoga (an experience not soon forgotten). While I was working my 'butt off' Janice took the children to the local waterfall to play and keep cool.

 I was invited to address my School at the Monday morning assembly. It was interesting and inspiring to see over 2000 students and 200 plus teachers gather at 7:30 am to raise their flag and communicate the upcoming week's events.

 The Chinese are very nationalistic (much more so than us Canucks) much like the Americans except they have a love for their country that they want to share with others and not one that says they are better than others.

The end of our time in China also marks the deadline that I had set to have completed a book. I am happy to say that we over shot my goal as Sabrina, Sophia, James and Monique have their one 'first books'! Janice and I have completed our travel book of this trip along with one or two others that I had been working on.

We are off to Hong Kong for 3 days before going to Hawaii!!
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