Thanks for following our adventures! What a fantastic journey.
…and breakfast? And lunch? The food in China is a bit different from the typical Kung Pao Chicken from your favorite Chinese restaurant down the road in the US. There are plenty of options for all tastes and preferences (I’m a vegetarian!) in Hunan province. The food is generally pretty spicy, but our food at the hotel and around town has been fairly mild. Choices include: fried eggs, boiled sweet potatoes, stir-fried rice, stir-fried bok choy, “shao bing,” fried taro, tofu different ways, noddle soup, stinky tofu, stir-fried eggplant, vegetable soup, rice porridge, dumplings, “baozi,” noodles, sliced cucumber with bean paste, fried onions, and, of course, watermelon, watermelon, and more watermelon. In short, we are eating well.
Here is a look at some of the food we have eaten or simply admired on our journey.
Our last day was spent doing one of the group’s favorite activities: shopping! After checking out the Beijing 798 Art Zone, we hit up the famous Pearl Market to do last-minute shopping.
The closing ceremony took place at the Beijing Royal School on our final night in China. We watched performances from all seven groups (the 600 American students were divided into seven groups that went to seven cities for their trip and reunited back in Beijing) and reflected on our experience. Our “Hunan 3” group had three ladies in the Hunan dance. Well done, ladies!
I think I’m finally over jet lag, and I don’t have any good excuses to delay posting these photos anymore. On Wednesday July 30, we took a bus to the center of the city to see Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and check out the National Museum of China. It’s hard to believe we’ve been back in Seattle now for more than a week.
What an amazing couple weeks it has been. I plan to upload a few more photos once I am back in Seattle, but here is one more pic before we head to the Pearl Market and then head on a plane back to LA and then Seattle! See you Friday night!
We are leaving for Beijing this afternoon, and many of us are feeling mixed emotions to leave such a fun place with blue skies and great food and friends. We’re excited to see a performance tonight in Beijing, see Tiananmen Square and the City center on Wednesday, see the Great Wall on Thursday, and then go to the Pearl Market on Friday and head back to LA and then (finally!) Seattle.
The internet connection at the Beijing Royal School is very poor, so I might not be able to update often.