Valeria Trevino, June 29th, 2017
China Study Abroad
My first impression of China was how dangerous it is to drive around here. People are very impatient and are always honking their horns to one another. People here drive very carelessly and there are so many pedestrians that are J-walking; which is something you don’t see in America. People in America off course do J-walk, but they can get a ticket from it. Here in china it’s just very overpopulated and there is no room. I was surprised on the biking system they use here in China. Basically, how it works is you can rent a bike for a low cost and then drop it off anywhere. Usually these bikes are all over Beijing. I have had trouble adapting to the culture here it’s just very different to the American culture. I have noticed that people here love to eat hot food, hot tea, hot everything. The water is contaminated so we cannot drink the tap water only bottled waters. Although people are very friendly here I never imagined it would be this difficult to communicate with Chinese people. Most people here do not speak English and cannot understand what we’re trying to say. The way we communicate is through google translator, but sometimes we don’t have wifi and this prevents us from using it. China has a lot cultural places we visited like the great wall, summer palace, and the Forbidden City. I have enjoyed learning the history behind these amazing places. My favorite place we have visited has been the Great Wall. I never imagined in my lifetime I would be able to visit one of the seven wonders of the world. I feel very privileged and lucky to have the opportunity to be here with my classmates and be experiencing this. Overall, this has been an amazing experience I extremely recommend this trip. The food was not my favorite, but everything else was great. I have learned so much on this trip especially how spoiled we are in America. I learned to value my life in the United States and how lucky I am to be living in developed country. I will miss China, but I am very excited to go back to Texas.
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