Going to be interesting from here on out: We have now separated from the tour group and are on our own. Relying much more heavily on Kiana’s Chinese ability. This morning we did a dry run on the school Kiana will attend on Friday. She’s set to do a shadow day with her pen-pal Brenda at the Sujhuo Experimentary Primary School. From the front gate it looks elite. I’m a little stressed because there are not chaperones, or any support from her schools faculty like at the last school she attend for a week. She literally is on her own among 3K students. She’ll arrive at 8am, be passed thru the heavy security and we will retrieve her at 430pm— long school day here.
We will take Brenda / her mother / and one of the teachers for dinner this evening. Her teacher Hong (from TIS) is excited about Kiana being a risk taker and has even checked in with me from Shanghai to make sure Kiana is up for this. Hong is a remarkable teacher that no longer works at TIS but has agreed to be a stand in for the tour part of this trip.