Our Photo Shoot: The Emperor & Empress & Children by Emily

We journeyed to an ancient Chinese town known for its tree laden canals and lazy boat rides.  Strolling a cobblestone street we happened upon a shop.  Our daughter peaked our imagination with an invitation to don costumes and travel back in time.

For a time we assumed new roles and lifestyles.



Zoe’s Nightmarish Experience on the School Trip by Zoe

This is my first post. Does anybody like it so far?  I am very goofy.

Have you read my dad’s posts?

Was there a brush stuck in your hair before? Guess what? I am not bald!  Read below about my nightmarish experience.

I have a blog too from my technology class. The link is https://hzstudents.scis-his.net/zoer/  Go there!

Our 6th grade classes took a four day trip to a small town called Tong-lu located in southern China. On the trip many adventures awaited us. I learned to make Chinese dumplings, give a foot massage and harvest a sweet potato.

Zoe (in back on right) learning from a masseuse to give a foot massage.

We had our own hotel room and each room had two roommates.  Sadly, my mac computer wasn’t allowed to come along with me. Mom organized a Chinese Checkers tournament and I lost in the semi-finals. In one game a girl did not want to keep playing so she blocked everyone which eventually led to me winning the game.  

Zoe rafting with classmates

My Nightmarish Experience

On Monday, the first day of China Trips, our sixth grade arrived at the hotel at about four o’clock pm. That meant there was a two hour gap in between our six o’clock dinner and arrival time. So we amused ourselves by hanging out in the hotel rooms. At one time I was in Kylie’s room, later I was in Havi’s room. Then Min-ju (Min-ju is my roommate) and I headed to Ankita’s and Camila’s room for Truth or Dare. Havi was invited as well. I do not remember whose turn it was or whether it was a truth or dare.

All I remember is one moment everything was fine and then I had a brush stuck in my hair.  Havi had tried to wrap my hair up in a round brush and it was stuck above my ear on my scalp! I tried to calmly walk to the bathroom and untangle it but my scalp ached every time I tried.

We called my mom and she tried her best to untangle my hair and release the brush. But it was no use. The brush stuck fast. Mom suggested I hop in the shower  and put on lots of conditioner so one minute later the warm water was pouring down my shoulders. Even though my hair was as wet as it could be my mom’s attempts were futile. My hair just got more tangled in the brush.

The tour guide showed up with more ideas on untangling my hair. One of them was cutting it. I cried, “No! I do not want to cut my hair!” Another idea was going to the hairdressers. To this, I agreed. At the hairdressers they gasped and told us we would have to cut it. I stood firm, “No, do not cut my hair!” Finally they agreed to try to save my hair. One of the ladies laid me on a table with my head in a sink.  She wet my hair. Next she started to cut the bristles off the brush. Halfway through the boss came in and took the scissors and started to cut the bristles, but he was also cutting my hair. The hairdresser, the tour guide and my mom all protested loudly.  I screamed, “Stop right now!” He did stop.

Next the lady took conditioner and pulled my hair out of the brush little by little. Finally all my hair was out. She then took piece by piece and untangled my hair – a ball of yarn.  Then she combed it all out.  Then she washed it and a man blow-dried my hair and sent us off! My hair had been rescued and so had my dignity. I ran to the patient lady and gave her a huge hug.  A bald head would have been horrible!

Zoe, at home, enjoying her full head of hair

Breaking News! Grade 6 Has Returned! by Sumner

Breaking News. Grade Six From HIS International School has Returned from Tonglu!

On September twenty third, 2013 the two sixth grade classes from HIS International School set out on a petrifying and risky endeavor that would change their lives. At 8:15 in the morning they stepped on the bus not to touch Hangzhou again for four whole days! After three hours the kids finally touched ground again.

They were at the first amazing stop, Yaoling Cave. The colorful lights stunned them to where they took over 500 pictures! Then they hiked down the mountain, which actually was quite high. Next stop was Barbizon Vacation Resort. The kids really did enjoy being at the Barbizon. They had parties in their rooms, watched movies, quickly sprinted down the hallways and did some stuff that the chaperones Emily Roberts and Jacob Haag didn’t know about. [Note from the chaperone Emily who asked what “stuff” meant. The writer said, “Nothing. It’s just what writers say in literature.”]

The next day the sixth graders had a bunch of activities to choose from. They all were given a laminated piece of paper that had ten sections that each represented ten RMB. They could choose what to do. Horseback Riding cost twenty RMB, Grass Sliding also cost twenty, Go-Karts thirty and Archery ten for ten arrows. So I’ll give you an example. This awesome kid named Sumner really wanted to do Go-Karts, but Go-Karts was the only activity in the afternoon. So Grass Sliding was the first thing he did, and it cost twenty so he gave them two sections of his paper. So then he had eight sections left. Then Sumner went to Archery and did it twice so then he had six left. But since he really wanted to do Go-Karts Sumner did not do Horseback Riding. (Sumner actually did not do the horse because he thought it would be kind of boring.)

The third day the children became farmers. They got some cool hats and a hand pick axe, then advanced to the field. First they farmed potatoes, then plowed the field with a water buffalo to find more potatoes. After that they planted lettuce.

Sumner, in yellow, planting.

After that they made their own lunch in a rural area of Tonglu in an original kitchen.

Sumner & a classmate in the kitchen with their host.

Sumner & Zoe’s group with their host who drank beer from a bowl.

Then they went to get a foot massage which a lot of the kids thought felt ticklish. Then they went to a grocery store to buy food for a picnic they were going to have the following day.

Day four. The kids hiked up Diqi Mountain. “They were very good sports. They hiked for an hour and only whined a little bit,” says chaperone Emily Roberts. For their reward they got to coast down a thirty second glider that went about thirty five kph, and if any of the kids were nervous they could connect their cars with another person’s car. After that they jumped back to the bus and drove all the way back to Hangzhou.