Today we made a stop at the post office in Ledu to pickup equipment and the locals were surprised to see the "loawais." I over heard a conversation between two old cats about their thoughts about our journey..."Zhèxiē wàiguó rén shì fēngle baby! These foreigners are crazy baby! Wǒ zhīdà máoróngrōng de rén yǐjīng shīqùle tā de tóunǎo...I know...the hairy one has lost his mind..." My favorite part of our journey has been interacting with the people. We are so blessed to have this opportunity to give back and tour this amazing country.
It is important to be alert at all times when you are on the road...Yesterday, a crazy pig got loose out of his pen and was running around the road embracing his freedom...The pig almost got hit by a car and almost speared Ho Young off his bike....but in the end no harm was done to the pig or Ho Young...My job is to protect my student, but wild pigs....I can't control! This trip has been very educational for Ho Young and myself. We are learning about the land, religion, history of cities, inhabitants of specific regions and cultural traditions. Ho Young has also been learning that if a women thinks you are 24 years old, you kindly respond by saying, "actually I am 27 years old finishing up medical school and volunteering my spare time to humanitarian work..." Ho Young is eager to learn and is an individual who is true to himself. I respect that quality about him because at times people tend to lose themselves and veer off in the wrong direction...but Mr.Yoo has strong beliefs that guide him in the right direction and it has been a privilege to ride along side this amazing young man.
I feel blessed that I have the privilege to follow my dreams and share my passion with the people of China. It is difficult to predict the outcome of our efforts, but I hope it provides people with an opportunity to enjoy themselves and feel inspired by our energy. It is important to share your passion because you never know whose life you will change....
Tomorrow we will be heading out to Qinghai Lake which is 150 km from our destination. We will be on our horses early in the morning...goodnight.