Bring Me Food!
Now that the group will be settled down for a while, they should be able to manage the food a little better. By now, everyone should have figured out what they like, don’t like, or what their limitations are. And then there are those who don’t what their limitations are and are ready to find out. Yes, I am speaking about the famous “Dumpling Record.”
There is a lot of buzz about this record. Riley Lucier set the record during the JE2005 trip. The Claire Zukas devoured the record last year, JE2007. There has been some talk about there being some serious contenders on this journey.
We’re not sure when, or where, the challenges will take place, but you can count on Journey East Central to be there. If, and when, the record is broken, we will interrupt regular scheduled programming to bring you the news. Even if it is during American Idol, or the NCAA Tournament, this is just too important!
To help you prepare for the return of your dumpling-hungry kids, here is a cool dumpling recipe page for you to get started. What, you don’t know what a dumpling is? Well then, go here to find out!
Alright, now that we have that squared away, we can get on with the other JE news. As you know, the group has arrived safely in Qufu and are preparing a big week of events, including the chance to perform before thousands of Chinese students and public.
We have some photos, a report from Tyler Gervais, and a new sound bite. Let’s start with Tom as he gives us an overview of the Qufu phase of JE2008:
Students clearly feel pretty at home in Qufu already. Great dinner tonight with lots of dumplings, which they have not had many of. Bo looks like he would like to challenge Claire or Riley for the record, which is actually a matter of some dispute. We'll hope to get some clarification on the actual record before we leave here. We showed the kids the place where they could wash clothes and toured the campus a little after dinner.
They are meandering around as I write this, trying to scope it out. We are sleeping in tomorrow and then have a rehearsal in the afternoon. There is a painting and calligraphy workshop on Sunday morning, another rehearsal on Sunday afternoon and then a joint performance with students from the Attached Middle School on Sunday night. I told the kids to expect about 2,000 people in the audience. They are definitely getting more comfortable performing in front of crowds, which is great because we will have some very large ones from here on out. [Tom]
Cool. A chance to sleep in. Aaah. Finally. At the pace this group has been going, they deserve a break! Let’s check out some photos of the first meal in Qufu.