Hey, yesterday, was reast day. I went to the Tianjin International school today, took a tour, met with band director, Kimberly Hogsett. School is small, k-12 with mostly korean kids with a few americans spread in. Kids are very driven, High school band rehearsal was with about 40 students, decent instrumentation. I rehearsed, first suite in Eb. Kids played well, and responeded very well. NO BEHAVIOR problems. Karen went with Choir Directors wife, Stacia Gaines (samford grad) to an English speaking class at Tianjin university. she met some students there trying to learn to speak better english and had a great time learning about those kids.
After that we went to dinner with the Gaines, Cab ride was fun, i sat in front and counted about ten times when we either almost hit someone or got hit. Bikes are everywhere and there are pretty much no rules when driving. you can drive on the wrong side of the road it you want. which gets interesting. anyway, went to dinner at a Thai resturant. Matt ordered for us and I ate everything that was on our table. then went to star bucks, little boy in the resturant, yelled out Americans to his parents, it was funny. here are a few pics