Quanzhou: We made it!
(Written by Ms. Wilkerson)
Our crew of 7 students arrived in Quanzhou this evening. Since there are only two flights a day between Beijing and Quanzhou, we left later than the other Gould China travelers (4:05pm is a better flight for us than 6:45am).
That later flight gave us some extra time in Beijing. We walked to Tiananmen Square which had been closed all of our other days in Beijing. I practiced my selfie-skills to get this sneaky candid shot.
The students chose to spend a bit more time shopping and taking in the street-sights between the hotel and the square. Lily was overwhelmed by the cuteness of the little trolly that shuttles tourists up and down the street.
When we gathered before lunch we played a quick card game on a stone bench. What happens when a group of mostly American kids play cards on a bench? We draw a little crowd!
After lunch we headed back to the hotel on one of the narrow streets we walked several times during our time in Beijing. Imagine this street at night, filled with 29 Gould kids, as well as the regular traffic.
After gathering our belongings at the hotel, we moved by sidewalk, subway, and train to the airport. We left Mr. Penley in Beijing so he can fly to Quanzhou with the competitive on-snow athletes first thing tomorrow morning. They arrived in Beijing just a few hours ago.
The MOST important part of this blog post, however, is this photo.
The Quanzhou host students met our students at the airport with some nice signs and big smiles. We had a brief meeting all together at the school before parting ways. I’ll see our students again at 9am, and I think those smiles I left tonight will still be there tomorrow.
The adventure continues!