China

Yes and.

The Bell Tower in Beijing

The Bell Tower in Beijing

The most widely recognized rule in improv is "yes and": it's the foundational idea that when you are creating a scene, you have to say yes to every variable in the scene in order to keep the scene going.  If you walk into a room, and someone says "Oh my gosh! Are you Jou Le?! The world famous 80 year old sumo wrestler" - you say yes and for the rest of the scene you have to commit to acting like and saying things that a decrepit, large asian man would.

We are starting day three of our journey in China, and I feel like I've been living in a long drawn out improv practice.

Killian models the most awkwardly designed chair in the Detroit airport.

Killian models the most awkwardly designed chair in the Detroit airport.

This leg of the journey has just been me and my teammate Killian.  We have already found ourselves confronted by a lot of unforeseen variables that we have excitedly said yes to and happily gone along with.  We have almost missed a flight, have gotten lost several times, we have tried a mystery meat, we have haphazardly ridden a bullet train and the subway system, wandered the streets of Xi'an, and we have said yes to taking pictures with strangers who will stop us randomly (current photo count is 7).

Fortunately, in almost all of these situations we have been able to make a new friend/guardian angel.  When I was trying to use my charade skills to ask officials how to print a boarding ticket for the train (to no avail), Killian made friends with Sosa who helped us print our ticket and get to the right station.

Killian and I with our first guardian angel: Sosa

Killian and I with our first guardian angel: Sosa

When we were on the train, God sought us fit to make a new friend names Jao Wu Chin who told me a lot of the ins and outs of navigating Xi'an.

a drawing I made of Jao while we rode the train from Beijing to Xi'an.

a drawing I made of Jao while we rode the train from Beijing to Xi'an.

We have one more day before the camp starts and will be making the most of it.  We are thankful for this time to become acquainted with new traditions and a lot of delicious new foods, but we can not wait to meet the children we will be loving and working with.

We would love it if you would join us in praying for the hearts and minds of the children that are looking for a home, and the parents that are looking for a child to love.  I hope that I will be able to continue to publish posts about our trip, but excuse any tardiness that comes: finding internet accessibility and the time to write has become difficult.

To conclude, enjoy this gallery of photos I've taken on my iphone along the way.


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