Things I Won’t Miss About China: The smog. The toilets. The lack of clean tap water (and brushing my teeth with bottled water, for that matter). The people who hock loogies on the street….and in restaurants….and on the bus….and in every other public place you can think of. The people who ask me (every day) … Continue reading Day 45: Homeward Bound
The past two days have been pretty laid back. I’ve said goodbye to most of my classmates as they head off to explore other parts of China, or head back to America. There were many things happening in Chengdu this weekend, including a huge music festival and the annual Dragon Boat races, but because of … Continue reading Days 43-44
Yesterday marked the beginning of the end of my study abroad program. I had my final video presentation in the morning, where I had to go to the Cultural Center to talk to random people about buying a fitness center membership card. It didn’t go exactly as planned…but hopefully we didn’t do too badly. I’ve … Continue reading Days 40-41: Bittersweet Goodbyes
Chengdu is in the process of building a city-wide subway system, and one of the stops is located right outside of our university. As a result of the construction, we were told that our electricity would be turned off from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM. My friends and I decided that we’d try and stay … Continue reading Day 39: Let there be light!
Today, I went with Alex, Amber, and Zhang laoshi and her husband to visit my host family. Why so many people? Well, Amber’s host dad is a work colleague of Alex and my host dad, so Amber and her host daughter were invited for the day. Zhang laoshi and her husband came because they were … Continue reading Day 37-38: Host Family/KTV Fun
Yesterday, we had a small class because some of our classmates already left for a weekend trip to a tourist area call Jiuzhaigou. I decided not to go for numerous reasons, but mainly because it was a 10 hour bus ride away from Chengdu. We ended up having a very fun class using our slang … Continue reading Days 35-36: When in China….eat spaghetti and play mahjong?
I didn’t blog yesterday, because frankly, nothing really happened. After class, I met with my tutor for the last time since she will be returning to her home in Northern China on Monday. Alex and I decided (once again) that good food was of higher priority than exercise, so we skipped Pilates class and went … Continue reading Days 33-34: 饥饿游戏 (ji’e youxi) – The Hunger Games!
Yesterday was a fairly uneventful Monday. I woke up and went to class, but we had to stay for an extra hour because we started class late. After we got lunch, we decided to go back to the mall that we went to on Friday in search of more discounts. I was a little bit … Continue reading Days 31-32: “Jazz Class” just isn’t the same in China.
Hi there! I'm Jennifer Sato, a 3rd year business major and Chinese language and dance minor. This summer, I'm studying abroad in China through the UF in Chengdu Program. I'm taking languages classes at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, and I am loving everything about China! I am four weeks into my study … Continue reading Days 29-30: Leshan and Mount Emei