Train Tickets and Pink Netbooks

So for anyone that doesn’t know my computer is officially in computer heaven. Tally: China has killed 3/15 computers on this program. So yesterday I bought a little samsung netbook online to get me through the next three months- I’m on my roommate’s computer right now. Hopefully it will come today so that I can […]

The end of my Yunnan Adventure

After a culturally enlightening day in Shaxi, we headed on the bus back to Kunming. It was Sam’s birthday, so a few of us stayed up till midnight the night before to sing to her (consequently waking up everyone else in the guesthouse because the walls and floors were like paper except worse because paper […]

JADE DRAGON SNOW MOUNTAIN

….. it was either that or “Livin’ it up in Lijiang”. After our amazing adventure in Tiger Leaping Gorge we headed on the bus to Lijiang! Instead of boring you with bus ride stories here’s some awesome photos from a mountain-side rest stop! There wasn’t actually a toilet so I had to pee in the […]

TIGER LEAPING GORGE

I have to start out by saying Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the coolest places I have ever been in my entire life. I am so thankful that Alliance chose to bring us there during our weeklong travel, and that my classmates were adventurous enough to enjoy it as much as I did. Marketus […]

Arriving in Dali

After spending the day in Kunming, the fifteen of us, Marketus and Lao Yang boarded the grandma bus for a six hour (I think?) ride to Dali. On the way to Dali we passed by some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen in my entire life: mountains, villages and terraced farms. I […]

Adventures in Yunnan: The Beginning

A couple weeks ago my program and I went on a trip to Yunnan providence. Yunnan is a providence in southwestern China famous for it’s rice terraces, geological formations and ethnic minorities. Yunnan recognizes 28 different Chinese ethnic minorities- the most of any providence in China. The most notable ethnic minority groups in Yunnan are […]

Our Field Trip to Ikea

Before you start asking questions, yes, my sociology class had a field trip to Ikea. Why?! Well, because Ikea in China is very different of course. The whole point of our lecture was consumerism in China and how it differs from Western countries. Ikea in China has a problem: TONS of people come to Ikea […]

DORM LIFE: My 14 New Best Friends

Part of the study abroad aspect that you never hear about are all of the things that happen around campus, or even just in the dorm. I’ve been spending my entire blog talking about the places I’ve been, and the cultural interactions I’ve had (and my obsession with Chinese babies), but I think dorm life […]