China-meets Gould-meets Boston!

October 1, 2013

OVERHEARD AT THE SCIENCE MUSEUM, BOSTON: (A Chinese student-visitor) “We get to stay another 45 minutes? YES! The adventure continues!”

OK, I’m exhausted.

No funny stories today, but I thought I should share what I’ve been up to. On Sunday morning, at about way-too-early-to-get-up-on-a-Sunday, I got up and drove to Boston to meet 13 students and 2 teachers from the Xi’an Foreign Language School who are here to visit the US and Gould this week.

That didn’t come out right-Gould actually IS part of the US, I know this. Anyway this group, that will from here on in be known as the Crazy Traveling Chinese Students (or “CTCS” for short) decided to take a nice relaxing tour of the northeastern US.  They accomplished this by seeing New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Niagara Falls, and Boston in about three hours.


I caught up to them in Boston, where the group’s focus on American culture and US history led them directly to the Apple Store.

"Vivian", buying one of MANY purchases at the Apple Store in Boston

“Vivian”, buying one of MANY purchases at the Apple Store in Boston

After about three days in Apple Heaven we took a trip to the top of the Prudential Building.  The day, and the view, were wonderful.

Looking northeast from the top of the Pru.

Looking northeast from the top of the Pru.


It was a great day.  The following day was spent devoted to the pursuit of the rare and wonderful gray squirrel.  I am not making this up-the students from China were fascinated by the squirrels.  Almost as fascinated as the squirrels were with them.

When species collide, Boston.

When species collide, Boston.

This afternoon the Chinese students traveled north to Bethel, and have established themselves in the community. Please, don’t be a stranger! The kids from Chengdu and Xi’an are here for only a week.  Say hello!

And if you need an icebreaker to get the conversation going, tell them that you have a pet squirrel.



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