The group had an easy flight from Beijing to Newark International Airport, landing a few minutes late, but our world travelers navigated customs and the baggage claim with ease. They are currently on their way back to Farmington and should arrive by 4:00pm EST.
Ah, Tuesday. We gathered this morning at 7:20 for breakfast with Grace and enjoyed our steamed soy milk. We discovered that the cafeteria sells interesting Chinese snacks such as pizza flavored pretz, green tea and blueberry pocky, and a variety of fruit flavored juices. We then attended IB level classes such as Environmental Systems and Societies, Economics, and Business. After a short break, all ten of us gathered on the soccer field and participated in a match with the RDFZ boys. Don’t worry, thanks to our goal from Gabby in the final minutes, we managed to grab the win #girlswinhere? more like #girlswineverywhere. Then we went back to classes- Art, Music, Biology and Computer Science were offered. The period lasted an hour and a half. Next, we fueled up in the cafeteria and headed out to the Beijing Olympic Park. We had to layer up because the wind made it quite chilly. The blue skys made for a picturesque afternoon (as shown above). The Birds Nest and the Water Cubic were architecturally stunning and a must see despite the cold weather. After exploring for a few of hours we went to dinner at Beijing Duck and ate a smorgasbord of traditional Chinese food. All settled into the dorms now, can’t wait for another day of fun. – Alyssa Landry
All photographs by Sofie Brandt.
At the flag raising ceremony, Mr. Alan Weathers, addresses the entire school body (6000 students) as well as faculty and staff in this video. Our students were welcomed warmly by the RDFZ community.
Matthew, Vera and Alan receive gifts from one of the RDFZ students.
The group arrived at school and were served dinner in the cafeteria before moving into their dorm rooms. The students are tired from the long flight but looking forward to hitting the ground running in the morning. All are happily sound asleep!
The group arrived on time in Beijing this morning at 5am EST. They were met at the airport by a faculty member from RDFZ and are currently on the bus heading to the school. Everyone is tired but in good spirits and excited to be in China!
The China group is off! They took off on time and are scheduled to land on time in Beijing at 4:40pm local time tomorrow.
We are getting excited for this 11th grade InterMission class to begin their incredible journey to the High School Affiliated with Remnin University (RDFZ) in Beijing, China!
You can expect to receive updates twice daily on this blog. Please keep in mind that the time in China will be 13 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time so the postings may not happen on a schedule that makes sense in your time zone. This blog is the place to find pictures, videos and reflections from students and faculty on the trip, as well as to receive daily updates about the group’s activities and experiences. We are asking our faculty trip leaders to post all materials so that students can be present for every moment and so that they will not worry about posting to the blog in a timely manner.
We also strongly encourage you to keep your contact with your daughter to a minimum during her experience at RDFZ, which will allow her to fully immerse herself in the life and community of the school and city. Emailing periodically is a great way to touch base with her without disrupting her engagement in school and other activities. We strongly discourage texting and phone calls for the duration of this cultural immersion.
It is going to be a FANTASTIC experience for all and we look forward to sharing it with you on this blog.
The Porter’s group returning from Hong Kong and China have landed on time at JFK International Airport. They should be boarding a private motor coach within an hour to return to Porter’s campus by approximately 11:00 pm.
Cathay Pacific flight #840 took off on time from the Hong Kong International Airport and the group is currently in air. They are due to arrive at JFK at 7:05 pm local time, which means they should be arriving at Porter’s around 11:00 PM tonight.