|Nathaniel Brown meets his veteran for the first time.|
We are finally in Qingdao; still find it hard to believe we're actually in China, thousands of miles from the United States. Not only do I feel a sense of adventure from being in a country I've never been in before, but there is also a feeling of excitement that comes with meeting new people and building relationships while representing your country in a foreign land.
|We were greeted by our tour |
guide as we exited the airport
|After being gone for 29 years Charlie |
looks once again upon the City of Qingdao.
I haven't had the opportunity to spend much time with Charlie at this point, but as we drove on the bus from the airport to our hotel, I could see the memories flashing across his face as he admired the changes in the city, and as he reflected on the memories from his youth. Several times he stood up, pointing out the window at things that have changed since he was last here in 1983.
|Students Laura Lingner, Chelsea Paulsen, and Daniel Mallette |
get their first taste of authentic Chinese food and struggle to use their chopsticks.
|Carissa Westfall talks with her veteran as they wait for their final flight to Qingdao.|