8/9/11 I’ve been avoiding writing this entry. Perhaps it’s due to the massive appeal of sitting at the beach reading Jane Austen instead of typing at my computer. But that excuse wouldn’t exactly be accurate since I’ve spent large parts of my week and a half home on the couch, watching Rocco’s Dinner Party, and … Continue reading For Good.
Five Historical Sites. American Tourists. Hilarity Ensues. YUAN MING YUAN RUINS Black Swan Watching? Movie screenings are common at Yuan Ming Yuan. Attack of the Chinese Middle Schoolers. This was actually terrifying. Illegal shots of the Ruins. Who pays an additional 15 kaui when you can just climb this hill in TOMS, almost slip to … Continue reading Olympic Summer at the Temple of Yuan Ming Tombs
My beach weekend to Qingdao, China, was anything but expected and nothing but awesome. It started out by catching the train out of Beijing after class where I was in a different car than Jordan and Staci. I was seated in the aisle seat next two Chinese men, one of whom asked me if I … Continue reading The 13th Attraction is Not the Beach
I've been in China 9 weeks now and I only just discovered a Wal Mart two weeks ago (it's one subway stop away from campus). This was the result of that visit: Differences: Chinese lanterns. Similarities: Nail Salon. It's pretty much the same...only in Chinese. Oh, and they decorate with Pandas. Honestly, If American Wal … Continue reading 沃尔玛…Always Low Prices. Always.
In honor of our wonderful country's declaration of independence from England, we made S'mores in my dorm room in a microwave in China the day after the Fourth. Go America.
Fragrance Hill is famous for its color changing maple leaves in the autumn. Well, its summer so I had to settled for just green. Fragrance Hill is actually quite far away from Beijing’s city center so Jordan, Staci, Nathalie, and I rode the bus for approximately an hour and a half (we stood for the … Continue reading Barefoot Mountain
I’m not sure why I always think that going out the night before big group excursions is a good idea. Alas, I went out on Friday and had to meet up with my program at 9 Saturday morning to journey to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City (I should have just stayed in the Wu … Continue reading Tiananmen City and the Forbidden Square
I’ve somehow gotten into the habit of writing these posts the Friday after they happen. Regardless, I went to the Beijing Planetarium last Saturday. Word to the wise: Don’t. Let me begin with an excerpt from the Planetarium’s website: “The 3-D Theater has 6 sets of Turbo Ride Motion Seats and can seat a total … Continue reading There’s no Disneyland in Beijing
I went to Beihai Park, one of the oldest imperial gardens in China, last week and simply did not have time to write about it, what with the Xi’an weekend quickly approaching. Well, I was uploading pictures to Flickr when I realized it was too pretty (and the day was too random) to not have … Continue reading White DA-go-BA
Let me just preface this by saying, I injure one of my feet every three years. In 2003, I landed on the side of my foot after a leap during dance rehearsal. In 2006, I slipped out from my Pointe shoe. In 2009, I tripped off a curb outside my dorm room. I wasn’t expecting … Continue reading Falling in love with Xi’an? Mostly just falling.