Yanzibian – 6/10/12: Today is the day that we divide into groups, travel to the poorest of poor’s homes that have children attending Yanzibian Central School. i was in a group with Mr. Shen, the P.E. teacher of YCS, Cindy Wang, and Park Ranger.
We visited a humongous farming field in the high, sweaty, wind-less, dirty mountains. Yup; someone lives here.
Someone actually drove us half way up the mountain. It was so bumpy and dusty that whenever we tried to nip a nap of the car ride, we would lightly set our head down and.. BONK! The noise of a human head colliding with a glass window was not pleasant. Then when we were 89% of the way there, we had to get off the car and walk the rest of the way. Whoa! It was a hard walk, (HARD ROCK!) (Think about it. The student that we are visiting has to walk TWO HOURS down the mountain. Just to get to school. That’s one workout.)(I forgot to tell you. The reason we are visiting the student is to provide the most hard-working, not to mention living in hard conditions, with scholarships and 500 yuan. It will be exciting. YAY!)
But we eventually spotted our destination: an old wooden farmhouse that had angry barking dogs. We also encountered some cows. They were gentle, fat cows that lumbered on the rocky ground, stopping every while to eat some foliage. As we neared the baying dogs, Shen Xue Ying, our student, hurried over with her cousin to greet us. She led us into a flat dirt surface right outside their front door. When we had finished greeting the rest of their family, Park Ranger took out a bag of Jolly Ranchers and gave it to Shen Xue Ying’s cousin. He loved it at first taste after he put it his mouth. I can’t blame him; it was watermelon flavored. Then they set up a little table with small stools. I felt humble and embarrassed to be treated like this. They brought out a bowl of their home-grown, juiciest 枇杷, and another large bowl of tasty sunflower seeds. Then I prepared my notebook and my pen, so that I could write down notes for the interview. Park Ranger video taped the interview, while Cindy and I asked questions, talked and took notes. Then after the interview came a surprise. They served us lunch! I was so amazed at the mouth-watering dishes that they brought out, but at the same time I felt guilty because they were probably spending a whole month’s worth of money making us lunch! It was a little early for lunch, but the aromas of the spicy pork and green peppers taunted me, and I didn’t want to be rude, so I ate a small quantity of cucumber and spicy stuff. After that delicious meal, Cindy gave Shen Xue Ying and her family a small gift. A xian dan（咸蛋）and a bottle of instant nai cha (奶茶). It felt really awkward to be giving a poor farming family an egg when they already had a coop of chickens. After that was a slightly tearful farewell, then we went down the mountain and went back to YCS to meet with other groups.