Day 7- Georgia

We got up, to realise that we weren’t in a hotel, but at our home stay Sophie’s place. We had breakfast (dumplings) before going to Xincheng Gardens Primary School. We then went to the room where we were yesterday, before going to an art class. In the art class we made rice dumplings (ones we couldn’t eat though). They are very tricky. We then had photos before having morning tea. We then went out side for their snack play. We watched the kids roller blade around the running track (one: it’s a four hundred metre running track. 2: YES THEY DO HAVE A ROLLERBLADING TRACK). Then some kids (not me though) assembled a soccer team, and so did some of the Chinese students for a game of soccer, score 0-0.  Then we had lunch before photos and getting these circles of younger students crowding us to have toys.

We then went back to our hotel (Grand MetroPark Hotel) to drop our bags off. Then we went to where we would learn Chinese Kung Fu. After we learnt it we watched the teacher do a performance. He was really cool, he used these 19th century whips, nunchucks, and he even broke an iron rod on his head and one by hand. Ouch! Then we went to the Humble Administrators Garden. Back 500 years ago, this garden was built. When the man who built it died, his son got it. His son liked gambling and soon gambled it away to three new owners. Each owner changed the garden to suit their likings. It was very cool. (There are photos at the bottom.) There were some cool rock stairs/hiding spots. Then we had dinner, which was nice. I was glad there were no duck tongue though. That was weird. Athen we went back to the hotel and went to bed.


Day 7 – Cody

I think I slept in? By the time I got up Oscar was doing his teeth and stuff. To my surprise he was wearing the GSPS school uniform! We were matching. We had home made dumplings. Unfortunately I wasn’t  that hungry because of all the food from yesterday. Oscars Dad drove us to school. I went with him for an hour in his maths class. Even though Chinese have the same numbers as us (fact) most of the stuff was in Chinese and it was some thing about angles. Way higher level than me. So I got to read my English book. Wait I don’t carry a English book? Oh no. It’s ok I just read my book about before you travel vaccination which wasn’t acutely a book it was my vaccinations booklet! And how long did I read it for? An hour! Finally that hour passed and I caught up with the rest of the group. We went to another art room to make flowers and tigers out of clay sort of stuff that goes sort of solid but soft? We where shown more of the school then all the teachers exchanged gifts. The students got little purse things. We said our good byes after more pizza and took our little mini bus back to the hotel and changed from our school uniform to our team China tops. We headed off to a little water town Tongli. It was really cool with all the canals. We went to all of the gardens or one of the many gardens there. Afterward we went back to the hotel and did the usual night routine. Tea, pjs, teeth and sleep…

So that’s the end of today’s blog. Bye!

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Day 7-Zoe

Day 7
In the morning I woke up way to early so I got ready and waited for a while. After I had waited for a long time I went down to breakfast. For breakfast I had an egg some sushi and these weird kind of fruit things.

After breakfast we went to the sister school. Firstly we ate some fruit then we relaxed in the meeting room. After we had done that we went to their art class in art class they were making clay things and paper cut out things I made the clay things.It was really fun. After I had made all of my clay animals and things we went to Bills daughters classroom Bill was the man who would pick us up from the hotel every morning.

Yay I was so hungry that I could eat a horse. For lunch we had pizza again from Pizza Hut. It was so yummy I had a cheese one it was like Margherita. For lunch the teachers had Chinese food.

After lunch the school exchanged gifts I got a little bag that smells really nice. When I was walking past a class a little girl gave me a panda teddy it was so cute.

I was so excited we were going to the science and tech market. At the science and tech market I bought some presents and that was all and I got some things for me.

After the market we went back to the hotel for a bit. After we had been there for a while we left to go get dinner for dinner I had some bacon thing. It was actually quite good.

After dinner we went back to the hotel and washed our clothes before I went to bed I brushed my teeth and my hair. After that I went to bed.image

Day 7🇨🇳 Lily

Day 7
Mrs Salm acted as an alarm again, I woke up with no energy whatsoever, I was having trouble just standing up so I tried to get ready then I just lied in my bed, then we went down and had breakfast, for breakfast I had a banana and some orange juice, th I went down to the lobby and worked on my blog and stuff, ten we caught the bus and came to Xincheng Gardens Primary School.

We went in the meeting room again, and we sat for a little bit then we went into an art room and made some stuff, I made this rose of this clay stuff, and I cut some paper and made an elephant, a girl gave me a paper thing she made, then we went to is gallery room, it had some amazing pictures and stuff, school is very talented, then we came back to the meeting room I ate these berry things that made my tongu bright purple but it didn’t make anyone else’s tongues purple. Then we exchanged gifts, I the teachers got these Chinese tea things and silk scarfs, and us kids got these pretty little things with nice smelling stuff inside, we went and took some pictures then we came back to the room, us kids just sat there for a while whilst the adults just talked, for a long time… Then a pizza man burs in the door, yay pizza, everyone was like yay yay pizza! 🍕🍕

Then we took a bus back to the hotel and we had to put on our Team China tops. Then we took a bus to the river city, the first part was like a park, when we where about to leave there Alyssa told me she bought magic paper, we used it in Chinese at school and we all really wanted some, I went to buy some and I couldn’t find my purse and we had to go, then it started raining really heavy, we went in a cafe and I sat down and almost immediately I found my purse, I was so annoyed. Then we got out umbrellas and walked around then we went in a boat and went through the water, it was so nice, but a little annoying because it was all wet. Then we drove back to the hotel and stopped for a little bit. Then we got on the bus and waited, and waited, and waited until finally we started to drive.

We had this puffy rice stuff (as claimed by Alyssa) it was really yum! Then we went outside where there was this big like jungle gym thing and these capsule things that you get in and just ride around not on tracks or anything and me and Alyssa went in one, and when you try to go forward fast you roll backwards, it’s so scary and when you try to go forward fast you go far forward and the capsules had nothing on the front not a gate or anything you only have a seatbelt on so if you did manage to roll fully forward you would probably fall out, but I screamed heaps it was so fun, then someone crashed into the one Mrs Salm was in and they broke the window thing on it! after that we went back to the hotel and me and Alyssa packed our bags and Alyssa finished and was going to have a shower, and I was soo delirious and tired. I went to try and finish packing my bags while Alyssa was in the shower, I had to make a shirt not inside out, but I was so tired so I payed in my bed and… Fell asleep in my clothes not my pyjamas… I went out like a light once again…



Also I am aware that I posted this after day 8 sorry! Oops! But it’s here now, I thought that I posted day 7 but I guess not, my bad sorry.



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Day 7 – Alyssa

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Woke up early at 6:30 but went back to sleep. Then Lily woke me up at 7 because Mrs Salm forgot to wake me up. Then I got ready and went into breakfast, I had 2 boiled eggs but I cut my finger getting the egg shell off, I also had banana chips and wedges. Also my school shirt was wet so I had to borrow one of Lily’s. We then got on our bus to talk us to XinCheng Gardens PS. First we again sat in the meeting room it was a bit boring again, but then we went into the Fine arts room. We first did paper cutting and then moulding clay stuff into flowers and the teacher made me a pig and gave me a mouse it was awesome. Then we had som pizza… Unfortunately they didn’t have my new favourite pizza so I had one of my old favourites.
We then exchanged gifts with the principle and she gave all of us students a gift and it smells really nice.
After that we went back to our hotel room and just chilled.
Then we waited in the lobby and Cody was like inflicting pain into my back and I was just going crazy? Then we got on the bus to go to the water town, it was so pretty, we went to a garden place and it was 1,000 years old. I mostly hung around with Cody, Liam, Rory and Sam from GSPS and QHPS. Cody and I were walking around and we found out how to get on like this levelled section and we just kept scaring people. Then Cody, Rory and Sam ran away somewhere after getting up to a second level of somewhere Liam and I were listening and not mimicking this just playing the flute but pretending that his music was ours is complicated.
I then found magic paper (we used it in Chinese) Cody, Liam and I all bought some but the lady dropped one of the water holders and it was ceramic so it smashed. It was to big to fit in. Then it started thundering and lighting was hitting, Luke screamed, we all laughed 😂
Then we went into a place to take cover, then Liam told me he started it because he wanted it to rain…
After that we found our way rocking and saying in a boat on the canal. I was in a boat with Zoe, Lily, Cody, Liam and Rory. It was very scary because we kept almost crashing and I found out that I get sea sick because of the rocking of the boat. We kept singing watermelone jokes like “they almost drowned at sea, but I gotta watermelone to keep me floating”
Then we got to go to dinner it was different, I mostly only at rice because it tasted nice. Then after dinner we got to go outside for free time and then Charli, Jess, Liam, Cody, Lily, Mrs Salm, Russel and I went on these really strange Segway things but it was like a bus thing it’s hard to explain. I made the cart thing rock and it was so funny to hear Lily’s scream 😂
Then we went back into our hotel to pack to head back to Shanghai.

Exploring Suzhou

Day 7
Our day started with a Skype to the Senior Unit!! It was great to see our buddies but a good reminder that we are glad to be here on our great adventure!
We spent our morning discovering the Suzhou Community Centre. It is like a YMCA activity centre-style building but on a large scale. We finished off with a play & fun on a variety of activities-see photos…. ☺️
We then were received at Experimental School number 2. We had a tour of the school & then participated in ping pong with some of the Chinese students & then some Kung Fu. This was lots of fun-especially for me to watch!
Lunch followed on-chicken schnitzel, sticky rice with red bean paste(wrapped in a palm leaf), rice, bean shoots & noodle mix, prawns & soup. Yum yum yum!