Today we left the New Hope Foundation and it was bittersweet. I wish we would have been able to spend more time there, but it was time to move on to the rest of our trip. After that, we went to the Great Wall and the Beijing Olympic Park. Out of the whole day, I would say the Great Wall was my favorite. Even though it felt like I was hiking for many hours, it was worth seeing something that most individuals will never get to see in their lifetime.
Yesterday morning, TJ's girls took us to the local farmer's market. The market was filled with stands selling fresh veggies, fruit, and even live eels! Here we bought all of the ingredients needed to make Chinese dumplings. After our visit to the market, we made these delicious dumplings with the girls. Later, Dr. Chen suggested that we take the girls to do karaoke in downtown Shanghai. Our afternoon was filled with singing, dancing, and just spending time together. We had a wonderful time and the girls seemed to enjoy it as well. The time we have spent with the girls over the past week has been such a blessing. I am thankful for the opportunities we have had to get to know the girls while sharing exciting new experiences with them. - Jocelyn