A Royal Banquet

Technically our banquet was Thursday, but it warranted its own post because it was really a fantastic night. The banquet was our way of saying good-bye to the six weeks we had in China. Zhang laoshi had us all meet in the lobby of our hotel and requested formal dress. https://www.flickr.com/photos/112933949@N08/14407437859/in/photostream/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/112933949@N08/14590736971/in/photostream/ A good amount … Continue reading A Royal Banquet

Weekend Update: Beijing and Xi’an Edition

The school week was pretty uneventful, particularly because we missed Monday classes to make the return trip from Jiuzhaigou, so I'll just skip to the weekend adventure. This weekend was one of those adventures that get classified as crazy things you do because you're young and reckless and you explore China once. Even now, from … Continue reading Weekend Update: Beijing and Xi’an Edition

Weekend Update: Irrigation, Mountains and Mao Edition

Let's return to Weekend 4 (the fourth one? already?) where I got lost in an irrigation system, climbed to the top of another mountain and met my host family. Saturday, we were shuttled on our final excursion to the Dujiangyan irrigation system and set out to explore what is reportedly the oldest-existing irrigation system in … Continue reading Weekend Update: Irrigation, Mountains and Mao Edition

Weekend Update: Pandas and Children Edition

Sometimes you have an experience that, no matter how small, leaves behind an indelible memory. https://www.flickr.com/photos/112933949@N08/14287370231/ This weekend, I had one of those experiences when I held a nine-month-old panda. https://www.flickr.com/photos/112933949@N08/14310901643/in/photostream/ Now, everyone had been teasing me because I have a weakness for all things cute and fluffy and they knew how much I wanted … Continue reading Weekend Update: Pandas and Children Edition