Team Journal, October 29

Friday, October 29 – Greg

Thought for the day: “There’s no place like home.”

Goodbyes are bittersweet. Bitter for obvious reasons, but there’s also a positive side because some of the really good stuff on a trip like this happens at the end.

Last night the girls and I finally got to hang out with teachers from the school- and the reason it worked out, finally, was that we all knew there wasn’t much time left, it was now or never. It was a great visit over late dinner at One Noodle Under the Sun.

This morning the students put on a goodbye ceremony for us. At these things we see sides of our students that we don’t get to see in the classroom: special talents, more nature social interaction, etc. Then afterwards we said goodbyes and took pictures. There were tears – and of course it’s not that everyone was hiding these feelings all along, but the end is when we’re moved by the experience and appreciate it this way.

Tonight before dinner I walked down a couple streets taking pictures in the light of our last evening in Xi’an, sort of appreciating the cityscape in ways I hadn’t yet and saying goodbye.

Another experience that I had to wait for until the end.

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