Folding, spindeling, and mutilating lauguage for fun since Aug, 2004
Thursday, 24 July 2008

I've never before put images of my kids or any other kids below the age of 18 on my blog.  But looking at all that is out there, and considering Tim is now 15 and the size of a tall adult...and a trained martial artist...I suppose I should stop being so over protective.

Besides, these pictures are so great.

My oldest son, Tim (AKA Adventure Boy) is currently in China for a two-week cultural exchange field trip with his school.  Last summer, we hosted two boys from Loudi at our house, and this year, Tim went to stay with the family of one of those boys.  That boy's name is XiaoSui

XiaoSui wrote an e-mail to me and informed me that his family had taken 1300 photos during Tim's five-day visit to Loudi.

Here are some of them:

First, there was a warm greeting at the airport as the group flew in from Bejing:


Here you see Xiaosui's mom, Xiaosui in the blue shirt, and another visitor from last summer, Lei.  He did not stay with us, but he spent a lot of time at our house and sends me regular e-mails.



Here's Tim getting a Kung Fu lesson.  The boy on the far right is the other boy who stayed with us: Zhexin.  Last I heard, he was the #1 ranked student in the school.  Whatever his current ranking...he's one smart kid, and also very nice.


Tim teaches the Chinese about "Moose Ears":


The Eden Prairie Delegation was exposed to a great deal of traditional Chinese culture:







And apparently the Chinese kids and the Eden Prairie kids were mixed into teams and sent through an obstical course:

Tim going over the wall:


Tim crossing a rope bridge:

Apparently they gave him some beautiful shiney clothes.  Gifts are an important tradition in China:


I just like this picture of Tim and Xiaosui:


Tim and host family:


The family also gave Tim a Chinese name:  Xiaoping, Which means "safe".  It is traditional for brothers to have the same first character in their names, so as Xiaosui's "international brother", Tim's name would naturally begin with "xiao".

Thursday, 24 July 2008 12:12:33 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] | #
Thursday, 24 July 2008 12:49:51 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Looks fun! I wonder if my trip to Japan will look anything like this? ;-)
Thursday, 24 July 2008 12:54:19 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
When are you going to Japan?
Thursday, 24 July 2008 13:29:37 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
This is awesome! Even in the modern world not many people end up traveling to the other side of the world to experience an entirely different culture. The neatest part is that as much as this means to him now, it will mean even more as he ages and is able to look back on what a significant chapter in his youth it turned out to be.
Friday, 25 July 2008 07:10:22 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
It's great that Tim's getting this oppertunity. This is something that'll enrich him the rest of his life.
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