We really do have great students!
September 10th was Teacher’s Day in China, the day students and administration recognize their teachers for all the hard work and efforts. We’re always impressed by how many students actually take the time to stop and tell us thanks or Happy Teacher’s day It really is a great time for teachers and student to connect, reaching out to one another.
We really do have great students!
"We are called the nation of inventors. And we are. We could still claim that title and wear its loftiest honors if we had stopped with the first thing we ever invented, which was human liberty."
~ Mark Twain
Lafayette, we have arrived! Once again on American shores, we celebrated this 4th of July at the all-American "Mark Twain Days" festival in Hannibal, Missouri. Surely you're familiar with the famous mid-western author?
Hannibal is his hometown, and they have hosted the Mark Twain Days for as long as I (Olivia) can remember. Frog-Jumping Contests, Fence-Painting Contests, Art and Craft Fairs, Races, Parades, Mud-Volleyball, Tom and Becky competitions -- it's great fun for everyone! If you're looking for a bit of traditional American culture, this is it!
Took a trip to Luoyang to visit the Longmen Grottoes and the Peony Park!
The Grottoes are one of a set of three or four famous grottoes in China. They are filed with statues of Buddhas, Pagodas, and other iconographs Longmen is particularly famous for its stone carvings and statues; sadly many of them were destroyed by looters and thieves.
The Grottoes run alongside the stunning Yi river, a large, sweeping river that runs along the cliffs, decorated by ghostly temples and ancient buildings hidden in the fog.
This week was the Peony Festival - a national festival hosted in the ancient capital Luoyang - home to the most famous of the peony gardens. It was a truly beautiful sight, despite the rain and crowds.
Visited a Temple Fair in Zhengzhou today, part of the Lunar Festival. One of the assistants at the University (a sweet Freshman boy) arranged a tour bus to take us into the city to visit the temple of Chenghuang, the God of Zhengzhou City. According to the student, this deity is in
Okay. Our Seoul trip. It was AMAZING! I loved it and can't wait to go back and pick up where I left off.
So first off, Olivia and I got ourselves--by taxi--to the Zhengzhou airport. WOOT! Then we got ourselves through security! YAY! I was so impressed with ourselves.
On our Korean Air Flight--best airline EVER!--I was in the window seat watching all the traffic on the China Sea and looking for my first sight of Incheon. Weeeeell, I said LIv, look at that plane! I have never been this close to another plane in the air! Right then that plane went up to the left and we went down to the right. LOL! OOPS. Guess we weren't meant to be that close. Whew!
We got to S. Korea, and through customs and security. All our bags were there so we were OFF! First stop, Dunkin Donuts! Real coffee. YES! HAHA Then we found out how to get a sim card and temporary cell service. Tada! We are quite the travelers now. :-) We got on the Air Port Bus to Seoul. The girl said get off at the last stop. The last stop was out in the middle of no where....took a cab back to within 2 blocks of an earlier stop.....bah! Found the hostel and got settled....it had to be 110 or more in my room. I was so hot and dehydrated my electrolytes were all out of whack. Took a couple of hours to fix that the next morning but then we were off!
We went to the Tourism Office for information, then down a preserved street (cultural), and then finished the day at a Korean BBQ restaurant! When we went in Olivia realized it was one she and Beth had eaten in before! All things grand!
Angela & Olivia
After finishing law school, we are off to see the world! The adventure starts in China, Xinzheng, Henan to be exact. You are welcome to come along for the ride!