China: The Finale

Final exams are finished. We officially completed the CET program. Our language pledge is over. The two months of intensive classes are finally done. I’m en route to Pensacola, FL for vacation with my family. But this ending is much less climactic than what I had always imagined. On the days I spent cooped in…

China: night market & the Great Wall

Hamsters, “shoe shampoo,” roasted meat skewers, hair-bows, Popeye T-shirts, turtles, multicolored contacts, Coca-Cola can purses, teapots, fried chicken, Peppa Pig cellphone cases, cotton candy, light-up balloons, “Balenciaga” slippers and kittens all overflowed from various cramped stalls at the Shida night market. When rain started to fall, shopkeepers hurried to cover their products with plastic tarps….

SYD ➳ HKG

Since I last posted, I’ve left Australia and I’m now in Hong Kong for my “autumn” break! As I flew into Hong Kong it was just before the sunset, so I had an amazing view of the city as I landed. I almost felt as if we were going to land in the Harbor and…

China

China China China. Oh China. It’s been a long week here in China. Yes long but also really exciting. I know I said this about Japan, but I’ll say it again for China: it was not at all what I was expecting it to be. Maybe I need to just stop expecting or anticipating certain…