S: MARY & SAMI'S ADVENTURES IN CHINA - SUMMER 2009
1: ITINERARY | 7. 1.2009 Los Angeles to Seoul 7. 2.2009 Seoul to Shanghai 7. 3.2009 Tour Shanghai 7. 4.2009 Tour Hangzhou 7. 5.2009 Bus to Tongxiang 7. 6.2009 Tour Wuzhen 7. 7.2009 Teacher Prep 7. 8.2009 Teacher Prep 7. 9.2009 to 7.20.2009 Summer Teaching 7.21.2009 Closing Ceremony, Fly to Xi'an 7.22.2009 Tour Xi'an 7.23.2009 Fly to Beijing 7.24.2009 Tour Beijing 7.25.2009 Tour Beijing 7.26.2009 Fly to Shanghai 7.27.2009 to 8.5.2009 Tour Shanghai 8. 6.2009 Return to California
2: Airport fun... and H1N1
5: Bonding with our new friends and co-teachers! Gloria, Gayle, Yoyis, Kathleen, Maureen, Carlota Mary, Shari, Augustin, Tonya, and Sami
6: Gloria, Mei Mei, Er Jie, and Da Jie mingling with the vendors and locals at the market.
7: Yuyuan Gardens
8: West Lake
9: Leifeng Pagoda & the Legend of the White Snake
10: Yellow Dragon Cave | "If there is dragon in the pond, it will be charming. So, the depth of the pond is unimportant".
11: Lingyin Temple & Feilai Feng Grottoes
12: Longjing, Dragon Well, Tea Fields
13: Welcome dinner with Mr. Mao
14: We had so much fun enjoying Tongxiang and its surroundings. We ate hot pot on a hot day, found noodles for Sami, ate Chinese pizza, drank 6 cups of pearl milk tea a day, got massages, and shopped til we dropped!
15: Happy Birthday Mary! Emil, Samantha, and Michelle all conspired to surprise Mary for her 31st birthday! Michelle invited the whole group to her home and we all had cake and goodies.
16: Sami, show Michelle and Angela your chopstick trick! | Sami can out gan bei anyone! | Roomies! | Gan Bei! | Too many Gan Beis!
17: Fun night out with Friends!
18: Teaching English, Having Fun, and Learning more about the Chinese Culture! | We loved our students and they loved us!
20: In Xian with the Terra Cotta Soldiers
22: From Xian, we traveled to Beijing where we ate awesome xiao long baos, watched Chinese Acrobats, visited the Birds Nest, and met up with our fellow Lomita Park teachers.
25: Sami, Susan, Mary, and Rich in Beijing representing Lomita Park
26: The Great Wall of China!
29: The locals wanted to take photos with only Sami, no love for Mary!
30: Tiananmen Sqaure
32: Back in Shanghai, Sami and Mary took their time exploring the city. We went to the aquarium, Mary lost her flip flop at the subway, we ate at Ding Tai Feng, and walked around the parks. What fun!