I thought I never would’ve gotten there. But, here I am reflecting on my study abroad journey that I kicked-off one year ago today.
The program was held in Xiamen, Fuijan in Southeastern coastal China—an area that was just as humid as my hometown. On the other hand, I surely would never have found any of that scrumptious dragon fruit at my local grocery store.
While I was in Xiamen, I took a couple of courses in mass communication and participated in excursions. With no particular rating of likability, these were some of my favorite locations:
1. The Hakka Houses
Another feature of the Hakka region was the rice paddies along the roadside, and it was amazing to observer the daily routines of the natives. I enjoyed some traditional meals, which included bamboo and radishes. You can imagine how much this area conjured an appreciation for the rural, country lifestyles.
2. The Day Trip to Taiwan
3. The Buddhist Temples
4. The Great Wall of China (Badaling Area)
This one is not begging for any introduction; my admiration is just another addition to the growing fascination for The Great Wall. The morning was surprisingly cool and breezy as I reached the heights of the historical landmark, and I recall repeatedly saying that the experience was, “surreal.” Studying abroad was the first time I traveled internationally. I only resent how the trip left me disturbingly thirsting for more travels. Maybe by next year I will have traveled and will have jotted down another anniversary post.
Post updated at 7:00 p.m. E.T. on May 21, 2014.