Last day in Kunming
We had a fun and busy final day in Kunming. We spent the morning at the Yunnan Sports School observing and learning some Chinese martial arts. (Yes, they gave our students swords… it was an interesting moment. But the Yunnan Sports School students were great teachers and our kids were soon swing the swords around safely.)
The group started with some Taichi.
Hayli and Colby get a quad workout!
Alex works to follow along.
Matt has some one on one instruction.
Ankey learns from a new friend!
The whole group together.
Are teacher supposed to hand weapons to their students?
Alex and Chris with big swords. While it looks like Alex is trying to chop Chris in half, they had just stopped moving in that direction. Everyone was safe!
Hayli gets some sword swinging pointers.
Matt learns a short sword form.
The girls with their sword teacher… yes she is in a full split if you are looking for her other leg!
The whole group with the Yunnan Sports School Martial Arts Students.
I have some great video of the event, I’ll try to get a short video up at some point soon!
After martial arts and lunch, we went to visit the GAC-ACT program that KMFLS has on another campus. The program is a three year program with more American style classes that prepares students to take the ACT and go to American colleges and universities. Their first group of students are finishing the program this year and had a great list of schools that they are heading to. One is even headed to Colby College next year! We had some time to talk with them and even got to spring them from statistics class to play basketball for a few minutes.
Niles talks to two boys who will be in America next year in college. The boy in front already has a few patents and hope to be an engineer or inventor.
Halyee and Ankey talk to a few new friends.
Haylee talks to the girl going to Colby about learning to ski!
Schuyler talks to a new friend about America.
The whole group together.
The basket ball crew. We have played a lot of basketball this trip, always looking for a ball in a free moment near a hoop.
We had some free time this afternoon, so we walked to a temple/park near the school. It was a beautiful space and a relaxing way to spend part of our last afternoon in China. The retiree crowd all hang out in the park, so it was pretty hopping with card games and mahjong. Our kids wandered around and did some journalling. (I was also pretty relaxed and forgot to take many pictures in the park… only a few moments of evidence that we were there…)
A new way to limb a tree in the park.
Alex and Matt watch a game of cards.
On the walk home we had afew last minute purchases of headphones for the airplane ride home tomorrow.
After the park we has a closing ceremony. We all got gifts from the school and certificates of attendance for our exchange. The KMFLS students made slide shows about our trip and gave speeches talking about their memories of our time here. We also had to give two speeches which two of the KMFLS students helped to translate.
Schuyler gives a speech.
Niles and his translator share a laugh as Niles goes off script. His translator did a great job of keeping up!
We also took an official group picture with our all of our hosts.
There were a lot of good byes and pictures taken as we started to leave for a final group dinner. I snapped this picture of Ankey and her host, but I was able to take too many pictures because I was saying goodbyes too!
We had a great final meal with our hosts.
And then the students headed off to their home stays for one final night together.
I think this drawing on the board sums up feelings from the trip very nicely!
We meet at school tomorrow at 7:30 to have some time for final goodbyes before we head out and start our LONG voyage home.
See you all soon!