Saturday, November 5th I awoke very early in the morning to catch a 7 AM bullet train to Dandong, China along with the rest of our group plus our Chinese friend. Situated on the banks of the Yalu river, Dandong is the largest border city in China and responsible for half of North Korea's trade. Upon arrival in Dandong, a large statue of Chairman Mao was present outside of the … [Read more...] about A Train to See North Korea
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Adapting to a different culture can lead to some fun, awkward, and rewarding moments. It is hard to predict which one will happen next, but each one is a learning experience. We have now been in China for three months. In those three months, countless moments of hilarity have passed us by. A favorite story of mine happened early on in our journey, when we still had problems … [Read more...] about Fun Moments in China
October 7th, 2016. It's a beautiful day temperature wise. The skies are a bit overcast, but regardless, the Chinese are out and about. From pre-dawn until late evening, long after the sun has set, the streets and parks will be crawling with locals. I board the usual bus along with the company of many eyes; my fellow passengers are staring. Is my shirt inside out? Is there … [Read more...] about A Stroll Through Dalian
Each year during the fall, many Asian countries celebrate the Mid Autumn Day Festival with their friends and family. This harvest festival is one celebrated during the full moon. Traditions include eating lots of yummy food with friends and family, watching the moon, and eating moon cakes. Moon cakes are delicious pastries filled with all kinds of things, from the very popular … [Read more...] about The Mid Autumn Day Festival
China journal – October 31, 2016 One of the best parts of studying abroad through Missouri State University is getting to spend time with the LNU-MSU students. When Dr. Bennett said I would have to tutor twenty hours a week, I was definitely not excited to start. However, two and half months in to my stay here, it is great. I love getting to work with the students. Everyone … [Read more...] about Friends in China!