|Augustana Blue and Gold - in the CVA Atrium, soon on the Great Wall!|
CHINA BOUND! (And flying the Augie colors!)
We are just one week away from beginning our journey to China, and at the rate of emails with questions flying my way, I'd say my fellow travelers are beginning to think this trip is "real!" When one plans for SOOO long, it seems the big day will never come. Yet now, that day is in sight.
|That's me, Brad.|
When I'm able to get students to take a few moments to reflect and review on their trip, I'll have them join me on this blog.....I'm sure it will be more interesting to hear their personal reactions to things they encounter, and I promise not to edit them. :-)
As you may have heard/read, China blocks certain internet activities and programs. For example, Facebook is banned. It could be that blogspot.com (the vehicle I'm using here) may be blocked from time to time. If you check in to the blog and don't find any updates, worry not - we may just be in a place where I'm not able to upload our activities and photos. Keep checking back, and we'll appear at some point, I'm sure.
Students return to campus on Friday this week (Jan 1) and by noon will begin final rehearsals and classes for their tour. We have a big "Bon Voyage" concert on Sunday afternoon at the Washington Pavilion. If you join us, you'll hear the entire concert we'll be performing throughout China, AND, you'll have the chance to cheer the gang on to wish them well as they represent us overseas. The concert begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Mary Sommervold Hall. Tickets are available at the door of the Pavilion OR you go can online and order them in advance (www.washingtonpavilion.org). I do hope you will be with us!
Monday and Tuesday are full class/rehearsal days as well, and then the packing begins. At 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Dr. Schilf leads 46 on a Reading Bus to Minneapolis. At 4:00 a.m. that same morning, Dr. Pennington leads 20 more on a flight from Sioux Falls to Minneapolis (5:10 a.m. departure). Editors note: Who got the better deal on this one? HA! I will have left the morning before to be in Shanghai to meet the group when they arrive on Thurs, Jan 8 at 6:15 p.m. Yes, it's a long trip, but maybe made a bit easier for the group as they leave together from Minneapolis and stop in Seattle prior to their non-stop flight from there to Shanghai, a 12 - 13 hour flight.
|Shanghai Pudong Airport. New. Big. WOW!|