Nishant and Sandhya repatriated on July 1st, and Corinna and Andrew moved to Australia. Jon and I also left for the US on July 1st, so we had a farewell party before we all left for different continents. I set up my camera and laptop so everyone could take photo booth photos.
Sidsel (Danish), Janan (Turkish but lived in the UK the past 5 years), Jon, Boots, me, and Lara (German).
The girls are all teaching English in a “village” of 1 million people about 5 hours from Shanghai. They said they’re the only foreigners in the town and are practically celebrities there.
Eva and Josh stayed with us one night, after flying in from Denmark, then left for their new home in Xia’men the next day. We tried to keep them awake until 10 to fight their jet lag and I fed them coffee in the morning. They’ve invited us to their home and we’ll definitely take them up on that in a few months.
Eva has a job leading Danes on tours of China and spent a few days in Shanghai with a group recently. She stayed an extra night with us after they left. We took the sidecar out to eat, then played some Wii Fit the next morning.
I have a computer program that controls my DSLR. It can do things like time lapses. It also has a photo booth function! I’ve been having each of our Couch Surfers do it, then I print out two copies on 4×6″ sticker paper. They get a copy, and they stick the other ones in our guest book and leave a message for us.
Marion and George, from the Netherlands. They gave us the guest book as a gift. We’ll definitely see them again the next time we make it to Europe. We have quite a few Dutch friends.
Melissa and Matt, Americans who’ve been teaching English in Japan for the past four years. They have joined the Peace Corp and most likely will be stationed in China next year! We’ll definitely go visit.
Kelly and Ellie, from Florida. Kelly fell off the stool…. we had a blast with them. We’re thinking of visiting Florida in the middle of a South Dakota winter sometime way in the future!