Our final farewell dinner was a Chinese restaurant called the Lost Heaven.  We had a great time laughing and reminiscing about our factory tour.

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Brian Dill from Texas and Suzanne Holt from Minneapolis and Me.

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Sonya Eckel from South Dakota, Julie Vermette from Winnipeg Canada, Kris Carlson from North Carolina and Pam Altendorf from Minnesota.

The evening highlight for me was an evening stroll on The Bund.  What a clear gorgeous night!!

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David was an exceptional host. An amazing man who runs the China factory with the highest standard to integrity!

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The gorgeous Shanghai skyline!

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Our hotel was amazing!

Before we headed for the airport we stopped at a primitive market.

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Joyce and Summer, two of our amazing long-term Norwex employees, spent the entire visit with us.  They are truly beautiful women.  I invited both of them to come to my home in Canada for a visit anytime.  These amazing women ensured every detail of our experience was perfect.  I am blessed to have met them!

China #7 3My sweet friend, Summer.

With seven posts on my trip to China, the number is symbolic to me.  Seven is the perfect number of completion.  As this blog wraps up my amazing trip to China, it is perfectly treasured in my heart.   I will carry with me the memories and the impact it has made on me for a life time!  I proudly represent Norwex and everything it stands for.  Thank you Norwex for this enormous gift!

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I can’t finish the post without sharing my exciting flight home.  It was a 9-hour flight and I was at the very back of a huge plane.  Directly behind me was a 19-month-old crying baby who was kicking my chair and the mom did not speak english. I had made friends with the flight attendance early in the flight.  Everytime she’d walk by she’d say to the lady, “keep your baby in your seat and off her chair.”  I didn’t complain, I’d just smile.  Then she’d lean over to me and say, “sorry, I’m working on this”.  She was juggling a full flight and there were no extra seats.   There was a 13-year-old boy the flight attendants warned if he came out of his seat one more time, they’d cuff him.  He was trying to open the exit doors.  The restroom at the back of the plane was also quarantined because a mom changed a diaper and had a mess smeared all over the floor.  My fellow flying passengers had difficulty sitting still for long flights.  I could have been at the mall, everyone was up, walking around, pulling out their overhead compartment luggage, stretching with their feet up on the back of chairs.  Julie and I actually had to hide our faces and giggled in absolute disbelief of what we were witnessing.   The flight attendants were yelling at the passengers (who didn’t speak english) to sit down, while they constantly walked around to close overhead bins.  At any given time on this flight, there would be upwards of 7 – 10 bins open, just in the back 1/4 of the plane.  So now the flight attendants had graciously moved a traveling pilot to the extra jumper seat in the cockpit to free up a seat in first class for me.  How thoughtful!  But then the lady in the seat one over from me started vomiting.  Not only did she throw up in the back gally where the flight attendants were preparing the meals, but in the restroom, all over the walls and in her seat.  This shut down the second washroom at the back of the plane.  The exasperated flight attendants ordered the sick woman’s traveling companions to clean up her mess.  The Norwex consultant I was traveling with, who was sitting beside the sick lady thankfully got moved to first class.  That said, I was now alone at the back with all the craziness.  Overhead bins started opening and breathing masks came out; that was the first time in my life I ever wanted one.  It was a flight like I have never seen before in my life!

I love to travel and see the world.  I am ever grateful to experience new cultures and see new traditions, but after this flight I can say… I am proud to be from North America and I was delighted to be back home!

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Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.

 

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