(I'm more stories of blowing of my program to come, as they work us too hard)
Tomorrow I have a midterm presentation of what I have learned this module, so needless to say, tonight is a perfect opportunity to update my blog! The weekend before last, I decided the program was overworking us, and convinced a few other students to randomly buy train tickets to Xiamen, a southern island city in Fujian about seven hours away. It was awesome. The first day we went to an island off of Xiamen, called Gulangyu, which apparently was the home to western traders before China was completely opened up. You could really see the European influence in the buildings and setup of the island. It was a tiny island, with no cars allowed and narrow streets, and pretty much the whole time was really confused about why I was in tropical chinaeurope. Also everyone on the island is in to music, and they have a really cool piano museum and an organ museum. We then went back to Xiamen and tried this jello stuff with worms from the sea in it and it was really gross and we had to immediately go to Starbucks after to get the taste/texture out of our mouths. The next day we took a bike ride around Xiamen, and I swam in the nasty polluted China ocean water for a few seconds. I also sat down to rest on a rock and ended up seeing two dolphins playing in the water. I don’t know, I was really excited, but no one else seemed to care.
Since that trip, I have been basically preparing for midterms and have a break next week where I will explore Hangzhou, hopefully. Most of my classmates are going to a very scenic area of China, Guilin, where I have already been, so there is a chance I will update this blog many times next week our of boredom and loneliness (just kidding mom and dad, don’t freak out).