|Plastic Blossom on a tree|
It's been some time since I posted. There have been many things that have happened and I'm not sure I'm able to share everything at this moment in time. However, many of you know I have been fundraising over the last 18 months or so towards a visit to China with International China Concern; well we made it. And on the 4th April me, my daughter, and my husband set out for Beijing where we would meet the team of international volunteers, mostly from Australia and Canada and few from other places too.
|Dinner at the Directors house|
|Traditional Underground homes|
The centre director made us feel very welcome, inviting us to his home for a meal (all 19 of us), sharing his passion for the children and their development and his love of his home city. We were celebrities In the city, as there are so few westerners there. This mean we were stared at a lot, many people wanted their photographs taken with us and we overheard the term waiguoren frequently. We were welcomed warmly, and with patience for our lack of language.
|Drum Tower Xi'An|
The team seemed to go so quickly and before we knew it it was our last day with the children and Chinese staff, it amazes me how quickly you build up a close bond with others. And so it was that we headed back to Beijing, this time we made the train! We had a last meal together and promised that we would stay in touch, then with a slightly heavy heart we headed back to the hotel to get an early night before heading off to the Great Wall on the Saturday.
|On the Wall|
I can't wait to go back again. I love this land of contrasts and I have so much more to explore!