I was very happy and excited when Her Excellency Lady Sandra Williams, had selected me as the chaperone to two wonderful young ladies, Adia Wynter and Francesca Southwell on their trip to Shanghai, China for the 12th Shanghai International Youth Interactive Summer Camp hosted by the Shanghai’s People Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (SPAFFC) and the Shanghai Youth Federation. Being able to have this once in a lifetime experience was truly amazing. Although I was a chaperone, I too was able to be apart of all the activites the camp organizers had planned. There were many trips to different historical sites and museums such as the Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town, located at the bank of the Dianshan Lake in the Qingpu District in China, the Shanghai Natural History Museum, the largest museum of natural science in China that is dedicated to natural history in the city of Shanghai and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, situated at the Huangpu River, and is the second tallest structure in Shanghai.
We were also indulged in experiencing Chinese culture to the fullest where they educated us on the ancient Chinese art of Tie Dye and created our own pieces; dressed up in the traditional attire from the various Chinese Dynasties known as Hanfu, and dined on traditional Chinese cuisine. The entertainment didn’t stop there as there were many leisure activities to enjoy. There was evening Boat Cruise on the Huangpu River where one could enjoy the view of colourfully lit buildings and bridges. We took a spin through Shanghai Ocean World filled with sea creatures from across the globe and shortly after viewed an exciting performance of Beluga Whales. We got the opportunity to shop while exploring Tianzifang, a labyrinth of alleys lined with specialty shops and art workshops, teahouses, open-air restaurants, terrace cafes, and galleries. We also had the delightful experience of watching a captivating Acrobatic Show at the Shanghai Centre. The highlight of these activities was the day spent at the newly opened Shanghai Disney Land where everyone present got wrapped up in the awe and wonder of the rides, Disney characters, performances and the big firework show signalling the end of the day.
There were over 20 countries from across the world, Australia, Bulgaria, Denmark and Italy just to name a few, that were involved in this initiative and we all got to display our different cultures and backgrounds while making new friends and new memories. If given the opportunity, I would do it all over again. A special thanks to Lady Williams and the Antigua and Barbuda China Friendship Association for this amazing opportunity.