After 14 months of interning, studying, and living abroad, I’m finally coming home. The past year in China has by no means been a walk in the park. I had to figure a lot of things out on my own in a foreign country and in a foreign language, from navigating Chinese bureaucracy, negotiating with … Continue reading Leaving China After 14 Months (7.30.18)
From Chengdu, we took a 6 hour bus ride west to Kangding in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. This area is part of the historic eastern Tibetan region of Kham, and although not in the TAR, the population is majority Tibetan, and it's full of important temples and Buddhist schools, cultural traditions, nomads, and yaks. … Continue reading Trekking Tibetan Kham
I recently had the opportunity to take part in AFS China's annual trip to Yunnan 云南, a week-long cultural excursion to one of the southernmost provinces in China. It was honestly the most fun I've had in China so far. The trip is open to all AFS students in China, so around 90 kids from … Continue reading AFS Yunnan Culture Trip
I've officially attended Changzhou Senior High School (常州高级中学) for a full week! Unlike most of the other NSLI-Y / AFS kids, my host brother goes to the same school as me, and we're even in the same class. There are four Chinese language classes a day (approximately 4 hours worth) with the other NSLI-Y / … Continue reading Chinese School & Mid-Autumn Festival!