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Prior to leaving to China, I took a little trip with one of my best friends to LA. Looking back on it now, it was quite a bad decision because I got burnt before even setting foot on one of the hottest places to be in the summer. I came back home with less than

The Bus Doesn’t Wait

The saying “the bus doesn’t wait” has become all too popular among Northwestern students studying abroad in China. Perhaps it is because the phrase has turned into one of Professor Gu’s mantras. But perhaps it is also because the bus, more often than not, does indeed wait. Of course, I’m talking about our trusty private

New Adventures

Hello! My name is Amy. I am a junior in Weinberg majoring in economics, minoring in global health studies and getting the integrated marketing certificate. My family is from Hangzhou, China, and I was born and raised there until my family moved to Minnesota after I completed third grade. This is my 4th time visiting China

3 Weeks Later – Finding Common Ground

25 days ago, I packed up my bags and left my dorm at Beida (PKU), and took a 13-hour flight back to Chicago and a 4-hour drive to west Michigan. I’m home! I honestly can’t believe it’s already been so long – the time’s flown by fast, and I still remember a lot of my

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.

Hey guys, So as I just looked through a bunch of my photos from my trip thus far, it hit me that I have traveled to five different cities throughout China these past 8 weeks. When I initially began the trip I had no intentions of leaving Beijing and diverging from the campus and districts

Some tips on/around Campus.

Hi Guys! So, I am currently sitting in a local little cafe shop, “Tomorrow’s Party Cafe” pretty sure it is called “Beautiful Time Cafe” but we have coined our own name for it, hahaha classic americans. For those of you who are the coffee shop kind of studier, this local little nook is a gem.

A Reflection

Hi everyone, last blog entry. It’s been two weeks since I got back to the US, and I’ve had some time to reflect about what happened this summer. My trip lasted longer the program, and I traveled in China for 3 weeks and Japan for 2, then finally left Asia. There was so much and

Train Rides & Bike Rides

The first round of classes are over now, and we’re 3.5 weeks into the program. Time for a break, and about two-thirds of the class has decided to take a trip to Xi’an to see the Terra Cotta warriors. We’ve been booked on an overnight train that will get us there by 9 am the

Why I Speed-Walk

Having been in China for a little over a month now, the single strongest impression I have of the country is its massive population. It’s one thing to read about Beijing’s population of 20 million people, but walking in the streets or riding the subway really puts that number in perspective. I’m especially thankful for

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

One thing that I have since learned during my five month stay in Beijing is just how temperamental the weather is. The scorching morning sun might bake us alive, In the mornings we are embraced in the muggy, humid pollution, while just hours later we are baked alive by the scorching, afternoon sun. Between the