S: Our Adventures in China
FC: Our Adventures in China July 2009 - June 2011
2: Goodbye, USA!
3: Hello, China!
4: One of the first things we were introduced to was the food. What an adventure that was! | Chun bing | Jiaozi (dumplings) | Huo guo (hot pot) | Gan bei! (Cheers!)
5: As was the shopping! | Milk in a bag on a shelf | Zhong Dong | Gui Lin Lu
6: "Tutu" | "Tu-tu" | Sculpture park | KTV | Some sights around C H A N G C H U N
7: Summer Camp English Space Race Arp vs. Zwicky
8: Go ROCKETS! | July Eva | Wang Hai Peng (Harry) | Go ROCKETS!
10: Apartment #301
11: Beijing with Lifepegs, July 2009 Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
12: The Great Wall | The Summer Palace
14: Shanghai over Mooncake Festival and the National Holiday | Pearl TV Tower, the Bund, old town, downtown
16: Betty | Cooking Chinese Food | Making jiaozi | Guo bao rou (sweet and sour pork)
17: Craving American food
18: Stephanie & Kitty
20: Cookie Baking Weekend with my students. Approximately 60 students in 2 days baking constantly and devouring quickly.
23: A sweet welcome and a happy new year at Kitty's aunt's house.
24: Harbin's Ice World
27: For a weekend in the spring, Erin, Gracelyn, Andrew, and I went to visit Shenyang, a city 2 hours away by train. It was our first train experience! We had a blast. It was also our first time venturing out of Changchun by ourselves, no veterans or Chinese friends to guide us. We reveled in the freedom, rejoiced at the American food, and as a whole thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
28: In April, we went to visit Qingdao and Huangdao. This area was a potential place for us to move the following year. We visited several campuses, the beach (suburbia!), and tasted local fare.
29: Andrew's birthday coincided with the May holiday, so we took advantage of the time and visited Dalian, a city on the coast. Andrew's cousin Alecia came over from Seoul to spend some time with us, and Jenny came on the trip with us as well.
30: Couples dinner dates with our friends were a frequent occasion ~ a May Day picnic or a fiesta on Cinco de Mayo for example. Mario & Kara, Keith & Rachel, Darren & Poppy.
31: And there was always time with Erin & Gracelyn, our officemates. | From eating out (or in) together, to going on adventures, to watching TV and shoving our faces with popcorn, we were always doing something fun together. | Jing Yue Tan | Erin's birthday
32: Mom & Dad come to visit!
33: Birdwatching, bartering, touring, and eating were all on the adgenda for the trip. | Drum tower drums and "clock" | At Starbucks playing games
34: Day trip to Tianjin. Took the bullet train from Beijing to enjoy a new city.
35: We took an overnight train from Beijing to Xi'an. We were happily surprised that the city had much more than just the Terracotta Soldiers.
37: English World Cup Summer Camp 2010 | Lurking under water, Color black as night, We are gonna blast you, far, far out of sight!
38: October Holiday meant a time for friends this year. From a visit to the Red Leaf Valley with Lifepegs to having students and friends over to our home, we filled the time with fun and fellowship. | Ike & Angela | Melody & April (Torpedos) | Joan & Eva (Rockets)
39: Josi, Crystal | Elle | Katarina | Digua (Sweet potato) | Lifepegs Harvest Party
40: My birthday surprise was a night at the Shangri-La Hotel downtown (and a movie) followed by a photo shoot.
41: Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. Psalm 95:1-3 ESV
42: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
44: Happy New Year celebrations with our classes.
45: On Good Friday, Jim led our SF in a Sader, the traditional Jewish celebration before Easter.
46: Andrew spent his 25th birthday in the hospital with pneumothorax. So we brought the party to him! He had tons of visitors that day, and Betty even brought his "birthday pizza" to our apartment once he was up to eating it.
47: Packing up and saying goodbye to China and our wonderful friends.
48: Kitty | Angel & Elijah | Erin, Leyla, Leah, Gracelyn | Angela Kitty Katarina Eva | Shelley, Tiara, Rita, Deanna
49: Ivy from Mongolia | Torpedos Reunion | Mooncake | Dongon | Lifepegs activity | Cherry, Lydia, Vivian | All the random good times