Thursday, July 31, 2008

China Update #1


Yay! we've finally heard from Spencer! He's arrived in China, so far he's enjoying the experience. What a relief to get an email from him, even though we've seen pictures posted of kids from the various high schools that went. It was good to finally hear from him. I got a chuckle out of his email I can feel his awe and excitement just like when he was a little boy and would get so excited seeing large caterpillar tractors and heavy equipment LOL

Hey guys,

Sorry it took so long. They don't have computers to use. The business center is just for mail and money, etc., but the plane ride was great. We had seafood and shrimp plus pork and noodles. it was quiet and dark most the time and I never once got sick. When we took off it was sooo cool, I felt like I was in the space shuttle. Oh and the city I'm staying in is well... think forbidden city but with 8 separate hotels, sports centers with a very large golf course and a waterpark. and it's all walled in. one of the hotels is actually the Staff Center and it's like a skyscraper. There are soo many gardens and it's not even in acres but in square kilometers/miles that's how big it is. I'm doing great and I'm picking up a little Chinese Mandarin and I'm getting to be a pro with chop sticks.

Love you all, and I'll see you soon. ttys.

Your thriving son

You can check out their tour photos posted each day HERE


  1. Thanks for posting on Twitter. I love being able to follow his experience.

  2. He sounds like such a wonderful kid Aileen! Keep posting -- I am enjoying seeing it through his eyes so much!

  3. I know it's a relief to hear from him. I loved reading his description. He does sound like a great kid.

  4. This is SO exciting for your son, Aileen!!!! What a wonderful experience for young people . . . one that he'll never forget!!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing!!!!!!

  5. HOW AWESOME!!! What an experience!!! I never really every thought about the orchestra before!! I am thrilled for him!! Thanks for keeping us posted. It brings us closer to the action...

  6. Absolutely fabulous Aileen. Love tracking their activities. Memories of a lifetime, this is!

  7. I'm sure you're relieved to hear from your son. I know what an honor this is. It's also something none of your family will ever forget. I think your son has learned that music can break down walls.

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  9. Thanks for sharing this, Aileen. I wasn't getting excited about the Olympics this year, but now that I "know" someone who's there, I'm totally into it. Keep sharing! You must be so proud!

  10. See Aileen, I told you I would replace my last post!
    Just for the record Aileen kindly deleted my last post as I had included my email address and I was concerned that the web robots would find it! It did the trick, we have contacted each other and Aileen's son Spencer, and my daughter, Kelsie, have caught up in Beijing! Small world! Thanks again, Aileen, from Australia!

  11. Aileen, I am so behind in blog reading but I am so happy to be catching up and to read this wonderful news from Spencer in China! What an awesome experience for him and he is SO deserving of it - this is something that will affect his life forever!
    I know you and Lynn are so very proud!!