The Week in Photos

Since I’m sure everyone is ready to think happy thoughts at this point in the week, I thought I would show you some of the fun parts of my last few days.

Wednesday, Jeremy and I were invited to a lecture on International Environmental Law  given by a Scottish Professor. We met him and the Chinese Professors who invited him to Xi’an at this lovely coffee shop. By the way, it is easy to agree with environmental protections when the air quality makes it hard to breathe as it does in China.

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On Thursday, I went to my Chinese class. We worked on the difficult consonant sounds (j, q, x, z, s, c) in Chinese. Then my teacher wrote my name in Chinese characters. Here it is.

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Later on Thursday, we ate dinner at the Wang’s house. We translate things we want to say using cellphones. (They have a very cute dog.)

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Friday, Jeremy and I taught all day, so we decided to treat ourselves to dinner. We went somewhere new, and we got yucca fries and barbecue pork. The pork came with an adorable garnish.  Oh yeah, Friday was Singles Day in China. We got our lunch for half price, and I bought new clothes at H&M on sale too.

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On Saturday, we got up early and visited a school where little children learn English. In the afternoon, I met a former student, Lisa, and helped her with her graduate school application. Then we enjoyed delicious hot pot. It came with a fruit tree.

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Sunday morning, we attended the grand opening of our friend Sun Jing’s school where she will teach English to children. It was a lovely ceremony. We were honored to be invited.

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Finally, Sunday afternoon, Asher and I served in our church. It was a beautiful end of the week.

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We capped off the weekend by eating nachos and watching the end of Captain America. I’m going to focus my attention on how lovely the sunshine is. This week, I’m going to think happy thoughts…

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