Another long day of travelling. This is one big country, well I guess not unlike Canada. But unlike Canada there are more roads, more people, more bicycles, more scooters, more motor cycles, motor trikes, cars, trucks and every other kind of transportation device that you can image. Today consisted of 2 hours in the micro-van for John, Shumin and Karl, with Yan, Alison, Kevin, Jeff taking the bus from Longshen to Guilin. John’s van arrived ahead of the bus group and we went shopping for lunch and snacks at one of the local supermarkets for the train trip south to Rongshui. No we didn’t buy the pre-packaged chickens feet. We said goodbye to John at the train station. We will see him again on Monday.
We then boarded the regional train for the 5 hour journey from Guilin to Rongshui. From Guilin is wasn’t too bad yet after Liuzhou the train was packed and people were standing in the walkway sections connecting the cars. Just after 6pm we arrived in Rongshui. David, the director of this orphanage, and a group of people from a local Christian youth center picked us up at the Ronshui train station. After a quick trip to the hotel and a shower we were off to dinner with David and friends. We had an opportunity to discuss their work here in Rongshui and how both the orphanage and the youth center have supported children in this town and surrounding community. By the way, China only designates city status on towns that have more than 100,000 residents. Rongshui is big, it just has not passed that magic number yet.
We are all excited to see the orphanage tomorrow morning. I can only describe it as the feeling that you have when you are about to visit a place again and the first time you were there you had a great and very memorable time. Now as you think about going back to that place all the past memories and experiences flood back at you and heighten your anticipation of this upcoming visit.