My second day in China I started the adjusting process. Jetlag has been rough on me this week and at the end of most days I feel like I have been hit with a ton of bricks. I stayed with my friend Caleb who was a student of another ESEC teacher in Shanghai. He and I have stayed friends and he actually came to Monterey to visit me last year. Caleb recently got a new job and also moved into a new apartment. I stayed in his new apartment which was in a really interesting old area of Shanghai. I slept on the ground and his apartment was a tribute to old-school cultural revolution housing. There was paint peeling off the ceiling and it was a very old room. Although a bit rough around the edges, it taught me again that people are really the most important part of life. We shared some great stories and laughs and had a great time running and praying in the mornings. That night I met up with one of my Taiwanese students from a very long time ago. Her name is Ashley and she now works with a company in Shanghai. She lived in France for a while and loves the new post-modern art scene of Shanghai. We went and had a great vegetarian meal in the French Concession and shared old stories of our times back at APU working with the Chiao-Tai program. The next day I connected with to other students named Cherry(Zhou Chang e)and Peter (Lu Zhao). Cherry now works with a large German company. Having conversations with my students reminds me of what I am most passionate about while I remind them to pursue their passions.