Trip to Tianjin

Trip to Tianjin

  My first full weekend in Beijing, Suzy invited Mark and I to stay with her and her family in Tianjin for the weekend. Tianjin is a very large city right near Beijing, and by train, you can get there in about a half an hour. Saturday morning, Mark and I woke up early and […]

Graduation: Becoming a “Real Person”

Graduation: Becoming a “Real Person”

I’m officially a college graduate!! I finally finished my thesis (the day before it was due- a major accomplishment on my part). However, I wasn’t quite done after my thesis; as soon as I clicked submit I spent the next five hours taking my TEFL class (teaching English as a foreign language), which is required for me […]

Exploring the Heavenly Mountains

That next morning we arrived in Xinjiang and walked into the bright sun. There were people everywhere, and I kept a tight hand on my backpack as we squeezed through the crowd. We eventually met our tour guide, who was probably about my age. She was young and pretty, but spoke very poor English. Apparently […]

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 […]

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 […]