Biking Before Breakfast

5 11 2016

November 5, 6 AM, 6 people, 70 degrees, 120 kilometers to go, pumped tires, fruit, boiled eggs, and excited anticipation.

Thus began our bike trip to Ningbo.

We originally planned the trip for two days, but it was beautiful outside all day and we had no mishaps (blown tires, accidents, falls, etc.), so we made the trek in about 13 hours. When we arrived, we feasted on Brazillian barbeque and spent time together.

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The beautiful overlook from the Ningbo bridge near “lao wei town” (foreigner town).





Rickshaw

11 01 2016

According to Google, a rickshaw is a “light, two-wheeled hooded vehicle drawn by one or more people, used chiefly in Asian countries.”

Or, if you live in ShaoXing, Rickshaw is a person. He used to work here as a teacher, and came to visit us this week. We celebrated his birthday as well as Tony’s return from America.

Celebrating Rickshaw's birthday with the team restored!

Celebrating Rickshaw’s birthday with the team restored!

Tony’s return not only brought our team together again, but he also came bearing gifts from American, namely, spices and flannel sheets!

China doesn't have flannel sheets, so my dad packaged these up and sent them to Tony to bring back to China. Thanks, Dad!

China doesn’t have flannel sheets, so my dad packaged these up and sent them to Tony to bring back to China. Thanks, Dad!





Seem Cards

7 09 2015

I think that, cumulatively, we have spent more time in phone stores here than anything else (maybe even more than eating, which is saying something). Every complication that could happen… did.

If you ever need a great team-building experience, send a group of people into a phone store. Make sure it’s a phone store that doesn’t know anything about phones… the group should know little to no Chinese… and the phones should not work in China.

Flashcards

These Chinese/English flash cards have come in handy for times such as this.