Following Pat‘s lead, one of our teachers is blogging her visit to China. She seems to be experiencing some connection outages, but just the fact that a) she was inspired to set up this Weblog before she left and b) that we’ve officially gone global is enough to make this a good day.
Today I spent the day with a student who will be coming to the US as an exchange student, and her parents. Her family is clear evidence of the economic opportunities now available to the Chinese (primarily those who are educated and live in an urban area).. They own two cars and just purchased a 3-story house which they will move into this winter. Anyway, we had a great day with them, grocery shopping (in a place that looked a lot like a super Walmart), made steamed dumplings, visited some older homes in Shanghai, and saw the man-made beach in Shanghai (even though they are on the coast, they don’t have any sandy beaches, so they made one).
BTW, first response to my all staff e-mail pointing to the site: “Now THAT is neat!”