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Goodbye Aunt Meng. Hello Aunt Wang.

(I just posted a bunch. If you’d like to start at the beginning, click here.)

Aside from our trip to Wuhan, our 5 year anniversary and Father’s Day, we’ve also been training yet another helper.

When we got home from Wuhan, I was really busy and I really needed help, but Aunt Meng said she

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Happy 1st Father’s Day! 2007


When Shorel woke up, he was greeted with a Father’s Day Survey. His answers are in blue.

I would like breakfast: a. in bed b. in the bathtub c. at the kitchen table d. while I watch Lord of the Rings extended version

After breakfast, I would like to: a. go fly my new

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Wuhan University 武汉大学

Wuhan University ???? is famous for its “ivy league” status, but it is also known as one of the most beautiful universities in China. We just had to check it out! It hosts the scenic Luojia Hill , the beautiful East Lake and a cherry blossom garden in the spring.

The university began as the

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Wuhan Shopping & Eating

After the competition, we took a couple of days for some family fun. First, we did a little shopping at Wal-Mart (not the same as in America: think big bags of chicken-feet), Carrefour (French version of Wal-Mart) and Metro (semi-Sam’s Club/Costco).

This is Schäfer’s first time in a grocery cart. For some reason,

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The Chinese Language Competition…the rest of the story.

June 9 – On Saturday afternoon, 12 teams were split into two rooms. We competed well and made it into the finals. Note that the semi-finals included four parts: vocabulary reading (my part), paragraph reading (our Korean teammate), a prepared speech (Nepalese teammate) and a performance (two Nepalese, one Indian and myself).

Competition poster.

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Morning of the Competition

Our day started with a traditional Chinese breakfast. Here are tea eggs, spicy cabbage and 2 types of noodles.

Mantou, steamed buns and other fried breads.

Soy milk and rice porridge.

We spent two nights at the campus guest house. It was very comfortable though I think the twin beds might

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