The wonderful day started with a delayed coach. As we got to reach Frankfurt International School in the morning, the 12 of us took four taxis to go there while other 13 had disappeared since Thanos snapped his fingers...just kidding, they had left Frankfurt for Göttingen earlier yesterday for other visiting activities. And fortunately for that we didn't need 5 more taxis!
More interestingly, on the way to the international school, we received news from YWPS that our P.6 Beijing Tour participants was encountering a flight delay and would have to wait at the airport for 4 hours. Accidents happen everywhere around the globe!
This was taken as I was having a taxi ride in the morning with Dr Fong and Principal Man next to me. A moment later, my phone would tell me that our Vice Principal was urgently seeking advice from Mrs Lam concerning the flight delay in Beijing. Obviously Vice Principal Lee failed to reach Mrs Lam but I wasn't in the same cab with her...It took me a few group messages to reach her...Thanks to our modern technology that they were finally linked up.
Staff from the elementary and middle schools of Frankfurt International School came to receive us. They brought us around their enormous and green campus and had a briefing session with us on their curriculum and features. This school houses 1800 students in 58 nationality groups and English is the common language of exchange and instruction. It was unfortunate though that lesson observation couldn't be arranged due to a clash with their examination schedule.
Funny enough, during this time, I received pictures about my students enjoying themselves in Beijing airport while they're waiting. I wondered if the leading teachers and parents on the other side of the globe were better off than us here in Germany!
We were still on the coach at 21:05 though the sky was still bright. It was half an hour later that we eventually reached the restaurant for our late dinner. When we finished our meal, it was 23:00, 05:00 Hong Kong time, the time when my students met their parents at the Hong Kong airport after their memorable tour in Beijing.
I enjoyed these happy accidents today – at least I felt weirdly connected with my students, who would soon be reading these passages I write.
Dr H C Lee