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Saturday, April 10, 2010

week 7

It’s my seventh week here in Beijing and it’s never been as much fun as it is now. This place is feeling like home more and more each day. I feel as if I been here for a lot longer than I actually have. The language courses are getting better and my speaking ability is pretty good if I do say so myself.

The great wall was one of my class’s latest excursions.

We went to a part that I have never been to before, the wall was a little more touristy but some parts were untouched by preservation. It was neat to see the old broken sections of the wall, my friends and I had a good time climbing the sections that were not meant for the average tourist. Didn’t get a picture of it but I found a stray cat and carried it all the way up to the wall. Probably not one of my smartest ideas but I’m sure the cat enjoyed the ride.

My mother has a friend that works at a foster home in south Beijing. It’s about 2 hours from were I live but I’m trying to visit it every so often to volunteer.

The foster home doubles as a school for adult Chinese nationals that want to learn English.

The place is a haven for children with special needs and is currently in the Chinese foster system. I had a chance to spend the day with them.

The children all wanted to play with the Lao Wai (foreigner), and tug at his eyebrow piercing, haha.

Theses kids need as much interaction with men as possible so when it comes time when they are adopted or come face to face with a man they won’t be scared. This was the case with Mina, when we first adopted her she was very fearful of my father because she had no previous interaction with an American man before.

These are some of the sweetest kids and I cant wait to come back to see them again.


Alycia said...

Hi Collin,

Thank you for visiting New Day! That is where my daughter, Adahlyn attends preschool! If you got to meet her, or go back and get to see her, tell her Mama will be there next month!
Thank you again for playing with the kids! You are much appreciated!
Mrs. A

Donna Podgorny said...

Hi Collin,

I really enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing so many reactions, pictures, outings and activities. It does give one an idea. I know that your experiences are richer and deeper than words and pictures. You will reflect upon these months for years to come.
There was a Discover China event last week at Cuthbertson HS - an share with people the fascinating country you are able to discover daily.

Presenters included the Confucius Institute that opened in November 2009, Chinese Phoenix Arts, UCPS Mandarin Chinese teachers and UCPS Mandarin students. Surprisingly, some of the younger kids that showed up came in Chinese dresses and shirts. People got to listen to mini-lectures and make Chinese dumplings, calligraphy, paper cuts, knot-tying, play pingpong, etc. Are you playing any pingpong? The Chinese athletes in the Olympics make it look like there are lots of talented players.

Thanks again for sharing your experiences. I am so envious. I would love to have just a three week homestay with classes. Count your blessings.

Xie xie ni,

Donna Podgorny
UCPS World Languages Curriculum Coordinator