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     The big adventure - part 2

    News for Dart PlayersCharis writes "
    Shanghai all set.
    Tickets in hand
    Passport in hand
    Travel visa stamped in passport....
    Packing nearly complete...

    In the evening before the take off to San Francisca the family drove over to the airport in Toronto to pass the night there in a hotel. The plane would start at five o’clock am – to stay over night near the airport looked like the best chance to get at least a little bit of sleep. Though probably none really slept… But at least one had the time to look around and it would be easier in the morning. Steven was less nervous than the rest of the family - by now he was full of gleeful anticipation. Everybody got about around half past three in the morning, Steven said good bye and passed through the customs around four o’clock and at five am the plane took off. It was supposed to land in San Francisco five and an half hour later…The operative world is“supposed” as the plane landed with some delay and only thanks to Scotty who already waited for Steven and looked after the luggage the two made it only just in time to the connecting flight to Shanghai. Rather upsetting for the parents who followed the flight on computer – while the two in San Francisco just had no time to get worried

    The flight from San Francisco to Shanghai took 13 hours and was rather uneventful luckily. Steven slept most of the time – not bad as thanks to the time difference the plane did land in Shanghaion Monday morning – the opening day of the summer camp. Steven and Scotty Burnett were the first to arrive. The participants from New Zealandwere next.
    After the opening buffet and the welcome speeches the first practice sessions took place followed by a match youth players against coaches which the youth players managed to win. Cricket was played as well and Steven lost to a Chinese player.

    The second day in the camp was a “touristic” day. The youths visited the museum of natural history in Shanghai, the Yuyuang garden, one of the most famous and most important ChineseGardens build between 1555 and 1600 and the showground of the Expo 2010.
    The closure of the day should be a boat ride on Puijang River but it had rained cats and dogs all day and in the evening a strong wind was coming up – it was the forerunner of a typhoon. The weather forecast for Shanghai predicted even a second one. The first one should hit Shanghaiin the morning, the second, even worse one, should turn up in the afternoon. There were flood warnings and evacuation plans. Another sleepless night for the parents at home in Canadawho had to wait for the next call from their son as due to the restrictions in China neither facebook nor twitter are allowed…

    While the parents in Canada passed another uneasy night the two Typhoons never really hit Shanghai. Even the boat trip could take place and the youths admired the Shanghaiskyline by night. There still was strong rain in the night but in the morning it was sunny and dry. Steven and the other youths discovered the Shanghai shopping facilities and soon found a way to spend their pocket money. The camp schedule started to be routine, the youth started to make friends and at least Steven started to like the Chinese food. Practice sessions alternated with competition and one even played some local players.
    One day the local press turned up.
    The daily routine was regulated – Getting up was at 6:30, Night-time peace at 10 pm. Whether it was really that strict we’ll hopefully hear from Steven himself. After the evening meal some kind of program followed, some days as “cultural experience”, some days just for fun. One night was a night with Chinese music.
    We hope Steven will tell us as well how the youth communicated – the not Chinese youth to sure be sure didn’t speak the Chinese language…

    Much too soon the days in Shanghai were over and with slightly mixed feelings the young Canadian together with Scotty Burnett began the flight back. This time they flew to Los Angeles where Steven hat to wait more than five hours for his connecting flight to Toronto, it once again was delayed.
    While Stevens’s family gladly received him in Toronto the next Typhoon really hit Shanghai and over 250 000 people had to be evacuated…



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    Re: The big adventure - part 2 (Score: 1)
    by rickstr on Monday, February 18 @ 03:21:09 UTC
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    Yes, such a trip to remember. This introduction to a different culture and way of life should be, ideally, take place without major negative factors extraneous .. but experience shows that the troubles happen. I hope that it does not discourage the desire to participate in the future in such gatherings. laws at the end, there were many positive as well.

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