Category Archives: General

Sticking Out but Fitting in

I have always tried my hardest to fit in and make myself blend with the crowds around me. Unfortunately, curly hair, white skin, and an American accent make blending in a thing of the past in my new home. Standing

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Oblivion

I take a lot of time here to step back and reflect on my reality. I cannot grasp how different things are than I expected. To say the least, my expectations were greatly overcame and obliterated. China, and more specifically

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Magic and Wonder

The greatest tragedy of our age is that the days of magic and wonder have been replaced with science and reasoning. Traveling across the entire world, something that once might have been a nearly impossible feat, is now achievable in

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Stretching

I don’t really consider myself to be an athletic person, but I know what it feels like to stretch before or after a workout. At first your muscles are kind of tight, it’s difficult, and kind of uncomfortable. Being in

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Four Days of Fun

We came back to reality today as the four day Tomb-Sweeping Holiday ended. Every year on the 15th day from the Spring Equinox, the Chinese honor their ancestors by (literally) sweeping their tombs, offering food, and burning replicated luxuries such

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In a World of Pure Imagination

Not much has happened this week besides school and work. It is so fun to work with the Chinese students and watch them learn and correct their grammar mistakes before you tell them to. They are always so willing to

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International Smiles

When in China, do not be afraid to speak out and make friends! There are many times when the people of the Chinese culture may come off as a little rude or standoff-ish. The reality behind that is that they

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One Big Game of Charades

It has already been an entire month here in China. ONE WHOLE MONTH on the other side of the world! The differences between China and America are vast. One of the most helpful classes in realizing this is Philosophy with

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Dalian: Our Home Away From Home

I absolutely hated living out of a suitcase, so saying that I was excited to finally fly to Dalian is an understatement. I walked into the Beijing airport with my over packed suitcases and a smile, but little did I

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Because It’s China!

I’ll begin by informing you that when they say it will be a fourteen-hour flight, it will FEEL like a fourteen-hour flight. I must admit, I had spent plenty of time getting ready for this flight in the weeks before

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