I mentioned in the last post about the new campus, which Peace Corp volunteer Jackie (at my school) and I visited over a week ago. We’d never been and were interested in seeing what we’d soon be moving into, since we were told that we should be prepared to move out of our posh apartments the 3rd week of June to move into the school’s faculty apartment building before July 1st. (July 1st is when our lease finishes.)
Also prompting us to take a look was the fact that on our old campus, workers had already begun to dig up trees to transplant in the new location.
“Ah-ha!” we thought. “Surely this is a sign that we really are moving and the new campus is on its way to being inhabitable.”
Every day for about a month, the school workers have been chopping off branches and sawing off deep roots of the worthy trees while the others will be left to thrive on their own.
I have seen this happen before, transplanted trees to new campuses in China. A majority don’t survive as they aren’t watered enough or attended to properly. They stand for several weeks, dead stalks, until the workers take them away only to replace again by newly dug up trees which, again, go through the same process of either dying or miraculously surviving.
I truly hope that many miraculously survive in the sizzling summer heat of Luzhou because after visiting the campus, it will be mighty bleak without them. See for yourself in the slideshow below.
Moving or Not Yet? Good Question!
At present, the school leaders are still conferring if it’s possible for us all to move in just a month. Seeing the above, I would say they will decide on a delay. We are thinking perhaps after the summer holidays, and maybe not even until October. Our school year ends on June 20 and will start up on Sept. 5. We have heard no dates yet and are anxiously awaiting the news.
Until then, I continue to enjoy my 22nd floor view and the convenience of in-city life. There are no groceries or practical shopping stores near our campus, only the long-distance bus station which is located directly across the freeway. We can walk 5 minutes to cross the busy highway and be right at the ticket counter to purchase a bus ticket to anywhere in China.
When I hear more, I’ll let you all know!
Until next time, here’s wishing you Ping An (Peace) from Luzhou