Monday, our summer staff had our first big adventure in the Big City and it was absolutely fantastic! We started early at 8 in the morning, taking a bus from our small town to the nearest subway stop. From there it would take us an hour to get to inner city Beijing. We took in a couple of main sights such as the Temple of Heaven, where we got to join in the holiday festivities, mainly games and dances! I feel as if the locals got some entertainment out of a bunch of westerners trying out these games and by the looks of it, they were about as amused as we were! We also walked around hohai lake and some of the older buildings in the city as well as treating ourselves to some fried scorpion at the market. By the way. It was gross. Don't do fried scorpion.
A funny thing about this trip was that our guide decided to leave us in the middle of the day. Yep, we had to fend for ourselves and get back home to our village before 8pm which was when the last bus left. We had good instruction and were able to navigate back home. We later prank called her pretending to have taken a wrong train. I think (hope) she was amused!
All in all it was a great day getting to spend time together as a group. We had all been so caught up in training and orientation that we almost forgot that we're friends too! I absolutely love every single person that I'm working with! They're amazing people who have a heart for service and a heart for orphans. We all have that connection. We are here because we have a love for these kids and would do anything to see them smile. I can't believe I still have 5 weeks to spend with these gifted peeps! Ya, some of us are fluent in Chinese, insanely athletic and musical. We like to play ultimate frisbee and a few of us have a jam session every once in a while. What can I say? We're a pretty talented group! Haha!
It's been so wonderful getting to know everyone, and we've become such fast friends as well. I live with three roommates and I must say, it's pretty crazy in our apartment. We're already to that stage of being so comfortable with each other that we borrow money, shampoo, clothes in addition to eating out together almost every night and just being crazy in general! It's been one heck of a ride and we haven't even gotten to the good part yet! We're just getting started!