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The dog we named Snow

Hey all!

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged, but let’s get you folks updated. I am currently studying Mandarin in Beijing and I’m learning a lot, whoot. I’ll admit though, this is the first time on a trip (not counting when I was sick), that I’ve actually been home sick, ahh.

Well, I have class 5 days a week for 4 hours each class and the people in my class are really awesome, plus, our teachers are really kind to us.

BUT! the point of this blog is to tell you about this little dog right outside our apartment complex. On the first day it snowed here, I noticed this little dog outside in the snow, wandering around. I thought at first it belonged to someone since it had a red rope around its neck…however, we ran into her a few more times…and the weather here is also mighty cold.

After seeing the cute puppy and realizing how cold the weather was, Jane decided to start feeding it. So she has made a doggie dish to give it dog food and water. Whenever we notice her on our way home, Jane rushes to get food prepared and we go outside to find it…SO..this dog is ALWAYS around this general area, but..whenever we look for her..shes gone >___< so sometimes..when we go outside to feed her right after we go home..shes gone?! lol…wth?

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My days in Guilin: Part 1 – Days 1-7

Guilin is a beautiful City from top to bottom. The people are kind, the food is tasty, and the scenery is just to die for. I attended and stayed at Guangxi Normal University in Guilin, which is a huge school. Our month there was ridiculously busy!

On Tuesday and Thursday, we would have Chinese (language) classes for 2 hours and then afterward we would each have 30minute individual lessons with a teacher. I was in the 1st year class, which consisted of just me and other guy, while the others were in the 2nd and 3rd year class. Compared to the others, I didn’t have that much homework, so I got pretty darn lucky.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, we would have cultural lessons for 2 hours and learn things such as  Chinese music, education, ethnic minorities, medicine, and so on and so forth.  After each lesson we would venture off and go to a place that had something to do with what we had just learned. For instance, on the day we learned about Chinese education, we got to see the pre-school before class, and then after class and lunch we ventured off to see the local Primary school and High School =D

Well…I always find it ridiculously difficult to summarize things, so I’ll just do everything in order, but super briefly. I won’t post a lot of my photos on this blog because I think it’s overwhelming, but check out my Flickr to see more =D

First week:

On the first night we arrived, we arrived in Beijing and stayed in this nice hotel that was usually used for officials and such. All of us were tired and worn out after staying up so long, but we still stayed up until the night time so that wouldn’t be jet lagged =D Dinner that night included 17 dishes….and we barely ate any of it since it was only like 4am in the morning at home >__< Afterwards, we watched the Closing Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympics! Even though everyone was strangers, we all piled into my room and watched it. By 8-9pm though, everyone was falling asleep =)

2nd day- Monday- We arrived in Guilin. We had a dinner banquet and just got settled.

International Dorm- We had our classes here too!

The dorm I shared with my awesome roommate Cindy! Keep in mind…ONLY our dorm looked like a hotel. We were on the 10th floor, which was the nicest. All the actual Chinese dorms were like crowded jail cells. We were spoiled. I know. =)

Night view of campus from my window

As I was looking outside, I heard fireworks and ran out my room for a different view =)

3rd day- Tuesday- Had our first Chinese (language class) and then went to Reed Flute CaveElephant Trunk Hill (the symbol of Guilin), and the night Market downtown

Reed Flute Cave

Elephant Trunk Hill- There are 22 of us in the group.

Night market- These little red stands went on foreverrr

We split off into small groups and went shopping

4th Day- Wednesday- Had a lecture on Chinese Calligraphy and then went to 7 Star Park, which had a cave with inscriptions from way back when.

This cave had tons of inscriptions all over the place! Click >here< to see it closer.

My class =D

So after seeing the awesome inscriptions which were made hundreds of years ago..the rest of the Park was filled with random knock-offs of things like Pokemon, Power Rangers, etc, etc.

We got to see a Panda! Although…it was sad because it was living in a crappy concrete place. There was an outside area that was nice..but why was it locked inside? rawr

5th day- Thursday- Chinese class- Roamed campus with Steven- Tried out a bunch of tea.

After Chinese class, Steven and I had a lot of free time before our individual lessons for Chinese, so we roamed campus and took photos. This was right off campus.

Those stairs are the seating for viewing the Track Field

Guilin’s fresh air and blue skies

I was taking a bunch of night shots and then eventually I got a big group of our class to line up and do this =)

6th day-Friday-  Chinese Art Lesson- There are 3 campuses, and we went to the Campus that focus in Art, and look at some of the art gallery.

7th- Saturday- Li River Cruise, shopped in Yangshuo, and went biking. The bus ride back to the dorm this day was about 2.5 hours long.

Small view from the boat ride =D

Steven, Natalie and Cindy enjoying the amazing view

Shopping on West Street =) SOO many good deals and stuff

We got to go biking! others shopped while a group of us biked the beautiful path.

Once we reached our destination, this was our view =)

Have I overwhelmed you yet? haha we didn’t have a single day of free time. Everyday was planned and packed, but it was definitely worth it. Stay tuned for the rest of my trip! Oh, and unfortunately, I’m not gonna go into thorough details of the events and such because there is just wayy too much, but just keep in mind that I was laughing a lot on this trip =D

Oh..if you’ve kept up with my flickr…this will get repetitive! Once I’m done with these summaries..I will be reviewing movies again..and lemme tell you..there are A LOT.

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I have returned

After 25+ days in China without blogging, alas, I am here =) Did you guys miss me? My apologies for not replying to any post and etc, but I’ve been so very limited on time! I just got back to the US like 5 hours ago and am currently in the process of washing clothes, putting everything away, and sorting photos =)

I will go into detail later, but as for now, here are some of the latest photos that I have not posted. As most of you may very well know, my blog was not accessible in China, so I resorted to just posting on Flickr, so hopefully some people have kept up and read my small commentary on there yea?

Overall, my trip was pretty awesome. I love Guilin, from the people, to the fresh air, to the scenery. I love it all. These photos below are from Guilin and Beijing =) It might be another few days or longer before I can sort everything thing out since I have so much catching up to do now that I am back, PLUS, I start school next Wednesday…argh >____<

7:00am in Guilin. View from my dorm.

Longji Terraces in Guilin

Working the Terraces

Some of the coolest cats ever

A fun day: Going to the terraces, Moon Festival, International student performance, getting our certificates from Guangxi Normal University, and my birthday =)

Beijing

Forbidden City yo

Bird’s Nest

Ok, that is all for now…I miss blogging haha buttt…I think I miss China more =)

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While I’m in Guilin

Due to the restrictions in China, Jenn will not be able to access WP but she will keep everyone updated through Flickr.

Please click on the panda to be redirected to Flickr.

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Departing for Summer

On Saturday, August 23rd, I will be heading off to China until September 18th. I will be spending the first 2 days and last 2 days of my trip in Beijing, while the rest of my trip will be spent in Guilin learning Chinese and experiencing the culture.

My itinerary is packed! I have something planned for EVERYDAY I’m in China, so I’m a bit overwhelmed, although….I’m sure it will be loads of fun =D

Everyone seems to be leaving this week! Janeemebe and Christina left to Korea for a month-long study abroad like me today, Anthony is going back to WSU, Brian is going to his med-tech school, Matt went back to his school in Hawaii, and Priscilleea is going to teach in Korea for ~6months. Did I miss anyone important?

Well I hope everyone who is leaving has a safe and adventurous time! As for this summer, I hope that everyone had just as much fun as I did. This was definitely the best summer vacation I have ever had. People weren’t kidding when they said college would be the best years. I am o-so grateful for the friends and family that I have; everyday is full of life =)

Enjoy the rest of summer folks! I will try my best to keep my blog updated while I’m in China but we’ll see…it all depends on how busy I’ll be, access to internet and censorship >___<

Please feel free to drop me a line and tell me about the wonderful summer stories you have =) I want to stay updated!

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Oh, and btw- If you haven’t notice, I’ve been on a hiatus of reviewing movies and such! Once I’m back from China and situated, I’ll be back in action!

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Relocating?

Since the Sichuan Earthquake occurred, the plan of going to Chengdu for a month-long program to learn Chinese culture and language has been quite wary. Our original itinerary was to go to attend Sichuan University and stay at the dorms there…however, the university is only ~60miles away from the epicenter of the quake and if any of you have been keeping up with the news, you’ll know that even until this day, aftershocks are still shaking the Sichuan province.

Like any family would, my family has been telling me not to go because of the dangers. However, I know that if I back out, it’ll probably be one of the biggest regrets of my life, so I’ve decided to just try my luck.

Just a few moments ago, my adviser called me and talked to me about the program and how she understand everyone and their parents’ are concern. She even said that HER mother told her not to go! lol.

Ever since the earthquake has occurred though, my adviser has been diligently making a backup plan. She told me that Asiana Airlines canceled our flight because of the dangers and aftershocks… Not to worry though! It looks like we might be heading to the Guangxi Zhuang Province instead, in the city of Guilin, China. The place is known to be beautiful, and just from the photos alone, I can only imagine how absolutely stunning it will be.

Where we will be staying:

And although the University isn’t as good as Sichuan’s, I think it’ll be an amazing trip nonetheless.

The school

The cafeteria

Click >here< to see a bunch of stunning photos people have taken in Guilin.

Let’s hope things work out =]

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Passport woes

Last Friday, my adviser for my Exploration Seminar program in China, asked for all the students to turn in their passports to her so that she could turn it in to the travel agency all at once and get our Visa‘s made to enter China in the end of August. Unfortunately though, there were 2 students who did NOT turn it in yet for some reason, causing our adviser to hold off on submitting our applications/passports.

On Wednesday, I realized that I still needed to get my Visa done to enter Vietnam… A Visa generally takes 2 weeks to get, and my trip to Vietnam is in 20-some days! There would be no time! It would take 2 weeks to get my China Visa..and then another 2 weeks for my Vietnam one assuming I got everything back on time! -__- Why do both the countries I’m going to require Visa’s?!

Well, I emailed my adviser asking if she had submitted our applications yet and if not, could I go get it and then get the China Visa on my own later. (Did I ever mention that I think I am one of the luckiest people in the world?) Apparently, she had JUST turned in most of the passports/applications because she was tired of waiting for the 2 irresponsible students. My adviser called the travel agent and told them to put my passport aside so that I could pick it up; I also called right after and made sure they had it put aside and that they made note of it.

I was planning to go in after 3pm yesterday when my classes ended, but my adviser recommended I go early in the morning, so I got off work. Lucky for me I went early!! When I got to the travel agency, they had NOoO idea what I was talking about! No one put anything aside or made note of me or my adviser calling…Once we figured everything out, we found my passport with the rest of my Exploration Seminar’s group of passports waiting to get sent away in an envelop………………………………………………

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