Leaving Guangzhou tonight!

Hey Everybody!

Wow, this is the first time I’ve actually had access to a computer since my last post. Yes, it has been driving me up a wall.

So we’ve been in Guangzhou for the last few days doing performances and shopping and such. Tons of fun. Anyways, we’re leaving tonight on a train for Tianjin (I think that’s how you spell it). It’s going to be a way long train ride too. Like 17 hours overnight. I’m not so sure I’m looking forward to it. I mean, on the one hand, that is pretty cool because I’ve never been on an overnight train ride before. But on the other… 17 hours on a train.. trying to sleep. Ick. So, let’s be honest for a second, the food here… not my fave. In fact I’ve learned that you acan live quite well off of rice and bok choi twice a day (I’ve given into skipping breakfast and opting for more sleep). Ok, so it’s gotten a lot better, but I didn’t know how much longer I was going to be able to take my dinner looking me in the face and all the weird concoctions they had been feeding us. I’ve never been so excited for McDonald’s and Pizza Hut in my entire life.

I finally finished Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky on Saturday. Now, those of you who took 12th grade AP English with me know that I was supposed to have that finished like… 2 years ago. But, since I didn’t finish it then I’ve been sorta plowing through it ever since. So, yeah it’s finally done now and I’ve started Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton. I’m soo enjoying it. I don’t know if it’s going to last me through much more of tour… especially with a 17 hour train ride in my immediate future. Hopefully I can talk someone into trading books with me. One of my friends has a book I’ve been really wanting to read so I might try to convince him to let me borrow it from him if I finish soon.

This tour has been really weird, I totally feel like we’ve spent more time shopping than anything else. And as you all know, I hate shopping. But I don’t plan the tour, and most of the time we’re just given free time which I can either spend in my hotel room… by myself… or out with other people, shopping. Shopping seems like the more cultural of the two experiences so I have gone on many a shopping excursion. I guess it’s good in a way because it makes me really look forward to the days when we have shows and I can be in a theater setting up instead of shopping. Count your blessings I guess.

So, I made a new friend since I’ve been here. A guy that goes to BYU actually that I met at a fireside that we held at a member’s home. It’ll be fun to see if he actually emails me or gives me a call next year.

I feel like I should have so much to say, but really it feels like I’ve just done a lot of shopping. In fact, I’m currently dodging yet another shopping trip to be here and update.

Oh! I called my family yesterday, which was great, but I didn’t get to talk to mi hermanita amada mia!! Taylor is really sick, they think she might have mono *sad day!* so if y’all wouldn’t mind praying for her I know I would really appreciate it. She has a way busy week ahead too with APs and everything so a few extra prayers would go a long way.

Well, I guess I’ll roll out to go finish re-packing my suitcase. Hope all is well back in the good ol’ US of A. Can’t wait to get back and have some good mexican food *yeah, I know it’s weird but I want nothing more than to come home and make enchiladas… mmm!*

Love, smiles & sunshine!
-Brittny