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Tower to Tower

Even a year ago, I would have never imagined that I would see the Great Wall of China with my very own eyes, let alone climb it. The day began at 6:00 AM, when we boarded the bus for a two-hour drive to the section of the Great Wall that we would climb. I had

Food! Excursions!

I’m back in Hangzhou again for the 4-day break! I am currently finished with my 4 weeks of global health in China class and cannot wait to begin learning about traditional Chinese medicine! I will have a new Chinese teacher when I return to Beijing. I’m enjoying not having to do homework for a couple

After two weeks…

Two weeks have past since I started the Public Health program in Beijing and already so much has happened. I expected a greater amount of culture shock but I found that Beijing is similar to Chicago- albeit much larger and much busier. The local food is amazing. I ate at so many resturants my first

Only The Beginning

Hello Friends! Welcome back to my blog! I have been enjoying my time here in China at Peking University (北大). These first few weeks have been exciting and exhausting. I’m going to admit that having class all week is tiring, however I have learned so much about Chinese history and language. One of the weekend

Life in China

It’s been about two weeks since I arrived in China, and things are going pretty smoothly. I’ve adjusted to the time difference and to the new dorm room. I’m friends with my roommate (she’s from Holland!), and I’ve also made a lot of new friends on this IPD trip. It was hard at first. Although I’ve been

NU Adventures

I am now entering my third week in China, and it has been a whirlwind of firsts. I tried the famous jianbing (煎饼) for the first time; I climbed up the Great Wall for the first time; I used a squat toilet for the first time. All these new experiences were sort of overwhelming, but

Settling In

As I approach the end of my second week in China, I cannot believe how quickly time is passing by. It hasn’t quite been an easy transition, as I succumb to jet-lag and fall asleep promptly at 7:30pm, wake up at 1am, and contemplate my life until I have to go to class in the


These past two weeks in Beijing have been unreal. From interacting with the locals, to eating authentic Chinese food daily (this pancake-omelet thing called 煎饼, is a real life-saver) and meeting such great friends, I’m beginning to adjust to life in China. I admit it hasn’t always been easy. I still really miss the comfort

Acupuncture and Bloodletting, Oh My!

There’s no fear of needles in my Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) class.  For the last two weeks (and the next two weeks), I have been learning about the theories and practices of TCM. Aside from lecture, there have been several field trips to aid our learning. In the first week, the class visited the TCM

The Great Wall of “My Legs are Killing Me”

Ever since I was a kid, I was fed the lie everyone knows about- “You can see the Great Wall of China from Space!”. And even if you couldn’t, I’m sure you could make out its shape somewhere above the atmosphere, because it sure is a wonderful sight. We went there on one of our