In the beginning of this semester, I thought to myself, what did I just get myself into. I felt as if December was going to take forever to get here. Now that my trip is quickly coming to an end, I feel as if I didn’t have enough time here and that If I could, I would stay another semester.
I feel that this is now my second home and I am not finished with discovering China. After coming back from Thailand we didn’t really travel much except for going to Beijing, which is usually a weekend ritual for us. During the month of October, we were introduced to Elizabeth Wesner, she is our new Assistant Dean for the Tianjin China program. She introduced us to tea time on Sunday afternoons, which I found very interesting. Mr. Zhang is the instructor that serves us tea and educates us about the Chinese culture that we probably would have never known about if we didn’t have tea time. Mr. Zhang will be taking us to the Forbidden City next weekend so we can get the full experience of the Forbidden City from his perspective.
This past week Bella, Jenny,and I traveled to Hong Kong, and I absolutely loved it. A way that I can describe Hong Kong is a mixture of New York, Miami, San Francisco, and China all on one little island. I absolutely loved it. On one end of the city you could be downtown surrounded by skyscrapers and on the other, you could be relaxing on the beach next to beautiful mountains. Overall, Hong Kong was amazing, we did so much in so little time and I think that it would definitely be one of the cities I would want to move to if I had the opportunity. We have a little over two weeks left here and it’s starting to hit me that this is the end of our trip. I am very excited to go home and see my family and friends, but I am also sad to leave my new friends that I’ve made here in China and study abroad group that I can now call family .