These past few days have brought rare and welcomed rain to Pingtung and because of the rain, the air was particularly clear.  Looking out my bedroom window, I was given a rare view of the mountains that surround the city.  I could see my school situated on the eastern boundary of the city.  Plush palm trees line the river behind the school, filling the land to the mountains.  This was such a nice present for my last day in the apartment!

So, now I’m in Kaohsiung, where I’ll be until I fly to Changsha.  I look forward to meeting the high school students with whom I’ll be working, seeing the differences in Chinese culture on the mainland and on this island and preparing these students for an opportunity of a lifetime.  I know how much this year has changed me, imagine what it will do for these teenagers!