It Comes to a Close: Pt. 1: Friday Night &...
I really don’t know how many posts it will take to sum up the experience I’ve had here, so I’ll just name this part 1. We knew this day was coming six weeks ago; we knew this day was coming last week; we knew this day was coming yesterday; we knew this day was coming today. Friday marked the last official day of the program. We wrapped up the program with a slideshow of all our...
China Adventures: The Great Wall
It has been 11 years since not only my first visit to the Great Wall, but China has well. I have come back every other or every year to visit China; however, I never really wanted to go along the Great Wall. Eleven years ago, I visited the Badaling section of the Great Wall with my mom, aunt, and cousin. I don’t remember much, but I do remember it was raining. There are pictures of me in a...
Study Abroad: 8AM Class
8AM class is too early in both China and the States. Note to self/anyone: don’t take 8AM classes. That is all.
Quick Post: Peking University Gate Guards & Lines
I have been in Beijing for almost four weeks now. Almost every day I find myself going on campus, obviously for class. Peking University has many different gates that one can enter from; each gate is stationed with guards, be it for pedestrians or vehicles. My first musing: Every day (weekends included), there are masses of people lined up outside the East Gate of Peking University. Morning,...
Quick Tip: Shopping at Carrefour
Although I’ve come to China many times, I’ve never bought fruit (or groceries) from the supermarket. As I was browsing through Carrefour today, the local hypermarket, I decided to get some bananas. After all, I haven’t been eating much fruit (or vegetables)…and it was cheap. At the checkout line, the person asked me where the barcode was. I just replied with a dumbfounded...
Opinion: Subway Line 1
To start off, yes, I am still alive. I’ve been busy these past few days/weeks! Classes have started and after sorting through Week 1 logistical issues, I’ve got my schedule set. Anyway, I’ve been wanting to express my opinions regarding Line 1 of the subway. Now before I begin, I want to say that I understand there is reasoning and logic behind why some things are the way they...
China/PKU: Day 4, Classes and Olympics
Dragon Boat Festival - celebrating the suicide of some warrior or something who refused to surrender to some army. This warrior jumped into the water rather than surrender and so was the birth of this holiday. We had Friday off; we have tomorrow (Monday) off as well because of this Festival. I have not been updating as frequently recently simply because of time: I haven’t had any. Last...
China/PKU: Day 3 - Foot Massage Please!
This is going to be a very quick blurb, since I am far too tired. Basically, we started out our day with a tour of the Beijing Capital Museum. For the first two weeks of our study abroad program, we take some get-to-know-China-and-its-history courses. Yesterday we took a course on Chinese culture and art; today we took a field trip to a museum full of culture and art. Pretty fascinating! I...
Headed to Wangfujing later, might stop at Xidan too. Let me know if anyone wants anything!
China/PKU: Day 1
Today is the end of day 1, I guess, of my trip. We didn’t take any classes today, just a few orientations about living in our dorms, what is expected of us, etc. Went on a tour of the campus. The tour itself was not too big of a deal for me, personally, because my cousin in law showed me around last summer. But PKU is a remarkable university. It was originally built right at the end of the...