Travel Journal #16 – Outer Limits

It’s here, folks. The week I’ve simultaneously been dreading and praying for the last three months. In two days I'll be on a 14-hour flight home, and bittersweet doesn’t even begin to describe what I’m feeling right now. I’ll be frank; this semester has been one of the most challenging of my entire time at

By | 2014-01-02T11:13:01+00:00 January 2nd, 2014|News, Study Abroad, Travel Journals - China|

Travel Journal #15 – Weekend Excursion

Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit Xi’an, one of the oldest and most historic cities in China. It's the location of the magnificent City Wall, Bell Tower (photo below), and Giant Wild Goose Pagoda; and I almost didn’t go. Why? Because I had five papers due in four days this week and only

By | 2013-12-20T09:29:20+00:00 December 20th, 2013|News, Study Abroad, Travel Journals - China|

Travel Journal #14 – Late Night Breakfast

Finals week at Centre College has never been a dull experience for me. There was that time in my first year at Centre, where intermittently throughout my studying, I'd notice a young fellow who would only wear fuzzy leopard-print sweatpants. He wore them everywhere—in the Campus Center, in the Quad, even in Sutcliffe—all week long.

By | 2013-12-10T10:48:09+00:00 December 10th, 2013|News, Study Abroad, Travel Journals - China|

Travel Journal #13 – Collective Happiness

This is the time of year for giving and spreading good cheer. It’s also a time for spending exorbitant amounts of money and eating way too many cookies. I’ve never been much of a holiday person; I find them stressful, awkward, and either uneventful or way too eventful. It's because of this that some of

By | 2013-12-04T13:44:47+00:00 December 4th, 2013|News, Study Abroad, Travel Journals - China|

Travel Journal #12 – My Grandfather's Advice

Although I’m sure I had received advice before this one, I like to attribute the first piece of advice I’ve ever gotten to my grandfather. I can remember sitting at the dinner table long after my siblings and cousins had finished their meal and left to play. I had stubbornly refused to eat my green

By | 2013-11-27T16:44:53+00:00 November 27th, 2013|News, Study Abroad, Travel Journals - China|

Travel Journal #11 – East Meets West

My childhood was filled with bluegrass surrounding every home. Nearly everywhere I've been in my life has been surrounded by farmland or forest, and I’ve always had to drive to get there. The tallest building in Shanghai is the World Financial Center, which is 1,614 feet high. Needless to say, Shanghai is quite different than

By | 2013-11-19T16:30:36+00:00 November 19th, 2013|News, Study Abroad, Travel Journals - China|

Travel Journal #10 – Censorship

It’s easy to forget about censorship in China, especially in Shanghai. The city glitters with all the Western amenities an anxious student could hope for. If you ignore all of the Chinese characters that can be seen everywhere, you can easily imagine yourself in New York or Chicago. Censorship is just a myth that slithers

By | 2013-11-13T15:11:06+00:00 November 13th, 2013|News, Study Abroad, Travel Journals - China|

Travel Journal #7 – Bring Extra Socks

I had a list of things I expected to happen to me once I arrived in China: 1) learn Chinese (obviously!), 2) feel fabulously wealthy because things in China are cheaper, and 3) join a blues band that moonlights as a left-wing political group and romps around China doo-whopping and handing out petitions. Notice there

By | 2013-10-25T14:31:55+00:00 October 25th, 2013|News, Study Abroad, Travel Journals - China|
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