Sunday, October 30, 2011


This morning when I was brushing my teeth before church the water starting coming out very slowly. I thought to myself, the water must be out, I'll get some drinking water to finish brushing my teeth and it will hopefully be back on sometime in the afternoon.

Upon returning from church this note was on the board (please note is wan't translated until late evening)
Well, it must be a bigger deal than I originally thought, and something is going on, but I'll survive.

Fast forward to around 9:00 in the evening. Still no water, no timeline for when we will have water, so...a water truck arrives on campus! The following pictures are a few snapshots of what happens when a campus full of people (thankfully most of our students are home already) need to get water.

So, we now have containers full of water to use for important things like flushing the toilet and a pretty awesome story to tell about that one time when the whole campus was out of water and everyone was going crazy wanting to get water and it was cold and we got wet and oh yeah, it was a crazy adventure. Now its time to see how long it will last...

Sunday Snapshot

Monday, October 24, 2011

3 Country Concert

After last session ended I received a phone call from one of my students asking me if I wanted to go to a concert at the birds nest with her. I had no plans, and it was at the birds nest, so of course I said yes. I didn't have any expectations because I had NO idea what the concert was, but headed out with Kara, my co-facilitator for the session and our student Jane.

Little by little we found out about the concert. It was called the 3 country concert and was sponsored by CCTV to foster friendship between Japan, Korea, and China. It was taped to be televised on National Day, October first (yes, I am very late with this post). There were popular singers from each of these 3 countries.

Kara and I, and Jane and her TIP roommates
I was pretty excited to be in the birds nest. Probably more excited than I thought I would be. I had been to the Olympic park several times, but never actually inside. Our seats were amazing. They were 3rd row and much to my excitement we were right in front of the long jump pits. I took a minute to imagine what it would have been like to sit there during the Olympics and just soaked the moment in. This just made me realize how incredibly blessed I am and how many amazing opportunities God has given me during my time in China.

The concert itself was actually pretty cool. I recognized a few of the songs and it was pretty hilarious to see Chinese going CRAZY about the groups. I was also introduced to Super Junior (from Korea) and Super Junior M (their counterpart from China) and let me tell you, they are a BIG deal. Girls anywhere from middle school to college age were going crazy. Think boy band from the 90's, but maybe about 100 times more crazy. Yeah, it was a lot of fun!

All in all it was a great night and just a remind how blessed I truly am!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


IKEA is always a fun place. I recently went there with one of my new teammates so she could get some things for her room. As we were walking around I told her to be on the lookout for people sleeping in the beds, and we finally hit the jackpot with this little girl. Please note her clothes on the bedspread, her underneath the covers on a pillow, and the book on the bed. Her mom was sitting in a chair "reading" said book.

more coming...

Normally when I don't blog for a month, there really isn't anything to blog about. After being here for so long things that used to be exciting aren't and life is pretty normal. However, in this absence I have actually had several things to blog about, so my goal for the next day or so is to actually do it! Hopefully I accomplish this and with that my parents will be able to (for now) stop asking me to blog about everything I have told them about!