Liang, the driver who had picked us up at the airport two weeks ago, would be driving us to the airport today. Julian and Eric woke up early to help us with our luggage, and to say good-bye. Liang took us out for breakfast. He ordered twelve dumplings, fried bread, chicken soup, and more. Even though we knew that if we didn’t eat everything, he would think we didn’t like it and order more, we were too excited to eat too much.
Before we left the residence, I had asked Eric to tell Liang that we needed to go to Terminal 3. At the airport, Liang typed into his phone in Chinese and the words came out in English: This is Terminal 3. We thanked him in English and Chinese (the one Chinese phrase I learned!). The photo below was taken inside the terminal inside the airport:
Rather than flying across the Pacific, our plane flew north over Russia and the North Pole, and then south over Canada, to New Jersey, where we were picked up for the trip home to Connecticut. Sometimes, incredible things happen. It is incredible that we met Olivia, and that she wanted us to see her schools in China. It’s amazing that we actually went to China, met lovely people, saw two Chinese preschools, introduced them to teaching and learning at Earthplace Preschool, and saw some of the world’s greatest wonders. I hope we opened a door to a long connection between Earthplace Preschool and Pleasant Preschools!