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We’re going to be entering our last week in China in a couple days. I’ve learned a lot during my stay here; about myself, about China, and about other people. I think I’ve made a couple friends for li...
I’m sorry for the delayed post. On our last day in Aksu, I got very sick and had to go to the hospital to get an IV. It was nothi...
We have spent three long days in Kuqa and have had a pretty great time. The first day we arrived in Kuqa by plane. From the airport, we went to a restaurant and had delicious halal food for lunch. The...
Our two day stay in Urumqi, the capital city of Xingjian Uyghur Autonomous Region, was a little chillier than expected this time of year and so close to the Taklimakan Desert. The first day we went to...
Dunhuang is located in Gansu province, a little north and west of Xi’an. We spent three days there. The first day we went to the Mogao Grottos. These caves and statues were carved into sandstone by Bu...
I have been debating for some time about whether or not to post this now or once the program has ended, but at this point I am so frustrated with the Alliance for Global Education program, I feel that...
Yesterday evening, we went on an outing to the Muslim Quarter for the Islam class. We first visited the Great Mosque, the largest mosque in the quarter. We met the Imam and he gave us a quick tour. Th...
This last weekend, a group of friends and I went to Chengdu for our independent travel weekend. It was a lot of fun; we got to see the world’s largest Buddha, we saw parts of Emei Shan, and we went to...
This week everyone has been preparing for midterms, so I thought I would write a quick post about the differences between American college and college in China. 

At home, the scho...
On Monday we visited the Terracotta Warriors, bing ma yong in Chinese, for our Silk Road class. The Warriors were found outside of the tomb of the first emperor. The burial mound itself, the place whe...
Today we visited the Bànpō site found east of Xi’an for our Chinese History class. Here is an over-view of what Bànpō is/was and pictures I took at the actual archaeological site. 

Yesterday was a gorgeous day in Xi’an; 70 degrees and sunny! A small group of us took this opportunity to go to the Daoism Cultural Area that’s about an hour outside of the city. The Daoism Cultural A...
I’ve been in China for just about a month now. My culture shock seems to be subsiding (some days are better than others) and I’m settling into my class schedule. I have Chinese Language class every mo...
Before I left for China, my school did a study abroad orientation session about how culture shock may affect you. They discussed how when students study abroad, they will go through a cycle of loving ...
Yesterday we went as a group to Xian’s City Wall/downtown area, via subway, to ride bikes. There are multiple spots on the wall where anyone can rent a bike for however long they want, which we partoo...
1. Do not flush toilet paper down the toilet. Throw it in the garbage. China’s plumbing system is very sensitive; you...
I have safely arrived in China and have had an interesting introduction to the city of Beijing! Getting to the Beijing University campus with three bags was a little bit of a struggle (the cobble ston...
When I was doing research on what to pack for the next four months, I was really only able to find generalized lists for anywhere one may travel and all of them were unisex lists. After looking into t...
A lot of thought, time, and research went into making this list. There may be some items listed that may seem odd, but I'll ...
I start my journey to China in one week! I hope to post at least once a week once I arrive, including lots of pictures and hopefully a couple Vlogs. I've finished  tying up all the loose ends at home,...
I hope everyone had a Happy New Year- the Chinese New Year falls on January 31st this year and is the year of the Horse. I’m a little bummed that I’ll be missing the New Year’s celebrations by a coupl...
It's December and I leave in exactly 71 days. Part of me is really excited because I've always wanted to travel and see the world. The other part of me is honestly scared. The longest I've been away f...