Ok, it’s time for the update of the week.
I have just talked to the spokesperson from the Chinese Delegates and he has informed me that things are going towards the right direction. He said he will let me know every other day and inform me how the process is going. I am super excited and cannot wait to hear the good news from them.
After revise again and again for the agenda for this visit, we have finally come to a “final schedule” for the trip. The reason it still cannot be the final yet is because we have to follow the other local chapters’ time, since they are going to help us to host the delegates. We need to work around their schedule as well, however, because the Chinese government needs to see the agenda in terms of offering these delegates visa, so I have to sent them a “final copy”. I just want to share with you guys and hopefully I can get some feedback.
Monday, May 17:
3: 45 p.m.— Depart from Peking International airport
5: 15 p.m.–Arriving in Newark International airport. (12 hours time difference between two counties, so it will still be May 17th when the delegates arrive.)
8:00 p.m.—Dinner in NJ.
11:00 p.m.–Check in to Gennetti’s Best Western
Tuesday, May 18:
7:30am – Breakfast at Best Western
8:50am – Arrive at the Wyoming Valley Chapter
9am – Presentations by the Delegates
- Lessons learned from catastrophic disaster response, such as your support of the relief efforts of the 2008 earthquakes;
- Henan Red Cross Structure, Roles and Responsibilities;
- Roles of those who volunteer and any training programs offered;
- Status of the blood program in Henan including recruitment of blood donors.
Noon- Lunch at the Blood Center
1pm – Tour of Regional Blood Center
3pm-5pm – Tour of City Hall, County Courthouse, and Historical Society Museum
5pm – Welcome Reception at Wilkes University
6pm pm – Welcome Dinner at Wilkes University
After dinner will be free time
Wednesday, May 19:
7:30am – Breakfast at Best Western
8:15am – Trip to Scranton
9am – Lackawanna Coal Mine
Noon – Lunch at Scranton Chapter of Red Cross
1pm – Leave for Harrisburg
3pm – Visiting the State government (possibly greet with Legislators or Lt. Gov.)
4 p.m.- Visiting Hershey park
8 p.m.- Dinner (undecided)
Overnight in Maryland Hotel
Thursday, May 20:
8:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 am – Depart for Washington D.C.
9:30am– Tour of American Red Cross National Headquarter
Lunch at American Red Cross National Headquarter
Tour in the afternoon
- White House Tour (Ask for the visit the White House tour)
- Lincoln Memorial
- Smithsonian Tour
- National Mall
6:00 p.m. Dinner in Maryland (A very traditional Chinese dinner)
8:00 p.m. Driving to Philadelphia (Where the Independence speech was given)
Overnight at Philadelphia
Friday, May 21 :
8:00 am – Breakfast at hotel
9:00 am – Visiting the Philadelphia Red Cross Chapter
Noon- Lunch at the Philadelphia Red Cross Chapter
1pm –5 pm — Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Independence Park
Dinner experience the Philadelphia Chessesteak
Overnight at NYC
Saturday, May 22:
7:00 am—Breakfast (With all the belongs)
8:00 am– Visiting the NYC Red Cross
12:10 a.m. leaving Newark
Sunday, Return to China
Trip is complete
I am still pretty upset with the fact that I cannot be there during the trip because of my gradation, however I don’t think I want to miss out on my graduation either. I cannot believe time goes this fast, 4 years gone by without I even notice. But I have another good news to share with you all! I have just got accepted in New York University. Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am super excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I hope you as my dear reader feel the same way as well.
Final counting down to my graduation, I have to say I am not that excited. Wilkes has become a huge part of my life; Wilkes is like one of another big American family for me. I didn’t even leave yet I have already missed everything so much already. But every little girl has to grow up and leave the family, but no matter what, I can always come home plus NYC is not that far. Oh! And mommy just got her visa as well, so here we come, the Zhang’s family!
Hope you all will have a great week! Stay tuned.
Words of the Week: Graduation (毕业典礼 Bi Ye Dian Li)