May 2017 - I am in China now. I arrived about a week ago. I start teaching later today. Right now, as I started write this it was Wednesday morning, May 17, here. China is 13 hours ahead of my hometown of Searcy, Arkansas in the USA.
While on the train I pulled Flat Stanley out of my carry on bag so that I could get a photo of him on the Chinese High Speed Railway system. When I looked back down there was the cutest little Chinese girl looking at me and Flat as if she wanted to know what I was doing and who was this friend I had with me.
On Saturday, May 20th, in our second weekend in Hengyang, Javan, Flat and I started out for Guangzhou and Donguang to visit our Harding students that were from that area.
Upon arriving at the Guangzhou South train station I made my way to the Subway station and carefully studied the map to see where I was and where I needed to be. A young man, probably a university age student, thought I needed his help, (which I certainly did), and he asked me in broken English if he could help?
After about a drive of one hour, at around noon, we arrived in Foshan. We went to the designated area where we were to meet Ivy but she was not there yet. We assured Zhang Dan and his wife Sarah that we would be fine and that he and his family should go on after dropping us off.
The next morning Javan and I had breakfast at the hotel and waited to meet West Ling, (and Stella) in the lobby to take us through our itinerary for the day. I don’t think Stella knew that West was going to be there and I could see the disappointment in her face at not being able to show us to our meetings on campus.
The two-hour train ride back to Hengyang seemed to be shorter than usual. We made our way from the station to the bus, to the open market bus stop near our apartment, and walked the last two kilometers or so.
On Saturday, May 27th, Javan and I left out again for Guangzhou on this Saturday, this time me to visit with some other Chinese students namely Li Aiting (Kitty), and her husband Berry, and of course Crescent and his family. Javan was to meet up with JoJo, and I was headed back to Guangzhou, but this time Flat Stanley 2.0 made the trip with me.
Steve Shaner, also known as Xie Yeye, is a professional story teller that delights in traveling to meet new and old friends. He can be contacted at email@example.com.