Monday, August 6, 2012

I'm Back!!

Hello again, blog world!  It's been a while!!  If you didn't remember, I spent the majority of the month of July in China where I had zero internet until the last couple of days in Beijing.  (And even then it was super slow.)  Instead of trying to tell you all the details of my trip, I'll just attach some pics at the end of the blog.  For now, I'm still trying to get used to being back in the States!  I've had a strange time unlearning some of my China "rules."  For example...

1.  When I got home it felt really wrong for me to use tap water to brush my teeth.  I had a mental conversation with myself, assuring myself that it was safe to use the tap.  (In China, I use bottled water to do the tooth-brushing thing.  You'll get super sick if you use their tap water.)
2.  Along the same lines as #1....I kept forgetting that it was okay to get the shower water in my mouth. When I'd shower in China, I'd all but glue my lips together for fear of "the sickness."
3.  Because of China's sewage system (or, in my opinion, lack thereof) you're not supposed to put your toilet paper in the toilet.  They put all their used tp in a trashcan next to the toilet.  Ewww.  It took me a few days to not think about the trashcan first.
4.  Jet lag was TERRIBLE!!!!  (So, it's not really a rule.  But it's a result of spending 3 weeks in China!)  It took me two solid days before I even began to feel normal.  The first night back, I was exhausted.  But I still managed to lay in bed with my eyes wide open until at least 4am.  I did nothing but lay on the couch my first day home.  On top of the exhaustion, I was seriously nauseous for the first couple of days, too.  Don't know what that was all about.  Thankfully, after a couple of sleepless nights and seriously long days, I finally got my body back on the central time zone.

I've thought a lot about my students since I've been home.  I'm hoping the Lord will really bless the seeds we planted there.  Hopefully I'll see them again some day, if not on this side of heaven.
At the airport before I left.  It was an EARLY morning!
Me and Bess (She was on our team last year)

LECHE FRUIT!!!  I love this stuff!!

Helping one of my students with a dialogue

Our teaching team meeting

Our students getting ready for the day

Our team

Lauren and Dave at an evening activity

Class 2

HAIRY PORK!!  (That's what I call it anyway.)  SO DELICIOUS!

I really should have an entire blog post about hairy pork.  YUM!

I just schooled some kids in UNO.

The Chinese kids L.O.V. E. UNO!

I was played a pregnant girl in one of our skits.

It's a strange looking baby.

My Chinese translator (Shane) and me after our Easter egg hunt

To squat? 
Or not to squat?  (I just NOT TO SQUAT!!) 

Tiananmen Square

Riding in a rickshaw

With our rickshaw driver
One of our sweet teens on the teaching team

Class 2

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