…so for any of you all who are reading this and know me at all, you know that the one thing about traveling to Maria’s house that I hate is the train. Nothing is more grotesque than the floor of the Beijing train station. The smell is something like a mix of a port-a-potty after a nascar race and the elephant exhibit at the zoo. There is no way to avoid the squatty toilets. And there are absolutely no Americans…so for a young, light skinned, blonde headed female to be there is quite strange. And there is a lot of staring and picture taking. The previous times that I have experienced this, I have been with a group. Tonight, I will be on my own. I will go in, try to figure out which train to get on and then sleep in a bunk with 5 Chinese people that I do not know. I cannot wait to fill you in on my experience tomorrow. Pray that I survive. Or that I will meet a nice English/Chinese speaking person to help me.
Last night we went to eat at an Irish Pub. I got to eat a hamburger, french fries and enjoy a glass of red wine. It was like heaven. Other than that, all I have had is rice. Its been fun getting to know the other summer workers here in Beijing. There is another American here named Kylie from Indiana and then a guy named Chris from London/Hong Kong. His accent is very enjoyable to listen to. He has asked me a lot of questions about life in the south and wanted to know what a ‘hankering’ was.
We had preschool today with the kids here and I taught them to draw triangles, squares and smiley faces. Ben is five. He is the older one in the picture that I posted yesterday. He has picked up on a lot of English from the volunteers that have been in and out of here his whole life. Ben and I skyped with my parents and he sang the ABCs and twinkle twinkle to them. He’s a really special kid and I hate having to leave him this evening.
Next time you hear from me, I will have survived the train and seen my baby.I can’t wait for that moment. There will be many tears of happiness I’m sure. I look forward to sharing it with you all next time. I appreciate your prayers and your messages!!
Love from China!