We, Lavender and I, arrived at the NCCC yesterday after a 21 hour train ride followed by a three hour bus ride and ending with a thirty minute taxi ride. There are twenty children here for summer; some have gone to stay with other relatives. The poverty is appalling but the children are shown incredible love. I taught my first class this morning; it was really a get to know each other session. Lavender is invaluable and she sees herself as my protector. I would never have by myself from Beijing; it is just too confusing to a Westerner. I am not sure how the class went this morning but I received some invaluable advice by e-mail from a young lady from Tennessee who lived here for a year. This afternoon, we took a shopping trip into the city. I bought some extra basketballs and nets. We find out the value of little things we take for granted, like full size towels and hot water!
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