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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Water Hope's Tracy Tomkovicz - Letters from China - First Letter

 Water Hope Founder and President Tracy Tomkovicz took an amazing trip to China.  Here are her emails in blog post sections.  This one was the first one sent on September  5th:   

Last night our guide Fu took us to the ancient part of Cheng Du. It was a beautiful part of the old town.  Ancient streets lined with red lanterns and serene ponds filled with lotus blossoms. It was a scene from a movie. Too beautiful to believe. We enjoyed a meal of traditional Sichuan delicacies. Sichuan is know for it's hot food. Fu said the women love it. The hotter the better. This is how they stay so thin. It not only speeds up your metabolism but it is so hot your tongue is on fire so you can't eat very much!  It was so delicious!


This morning we leave Cheng Du for our full day of driving to Kanding. Kanding is at 8,000 ft elevation (about the same as the highest peak in the Sierra's). We stay there over night and wake up at 4:00 am to start our drive to our next city. Our Land Cruiser is packed with our supplies (lots of power bars, peanut butter and tortillas), the extra parts and filters for the water system, molding for the 80 new windows being installed at the orphanage, gifts for the 160 orphans who live there and us. Our adventure begins!  We are all very excited and happy to be here.  Take care all.  More updates to follow!


Above is a picture of our driver Huang and the Chinese countryside outside of Cheng Du.


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