Saturday, October 23, 2010

Total Blog Fail

 So, as you may tell from the date, I was not able to blog about my China experience! I have long since come back from Beijing and gotten back into the swing of college to finish my last year.

The reason I was not able to blog was because of all the Internet restrictions in China! I could not access anything Google, except Gmail. Thanks Great Firewall of China.

I have come back to America with a research paper called Sexual Reproductive Health of Peking University Students. It's based on a 176-student survey and 3 interviews that I had with experts.

During my China experience, I stayed in the Peking University dorms, lived with a host family for a month, and visited a rural village (yay, my favorite!).

It's unfortunate that I wasn't able to write directly from China when I was experiencing everything.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Almost China Time!

It is a little more than a week until my departure from foggy SFO to Peking University, Beijing, CHINA! Everyone keeps asking me if I am excited, but I'm so busy with research in Baltimore right now that I have not had time to think about it much. Mostly I am nervous because I have forgotten all my Chinese! Yikes! I am borrowing an old Chinese vocab intermediate textbook from my friend Maxi so I can cram-study. Also, the record-breaking snow that we are getting here in Baltimore that has cancelled classes for a FULL WEEK has made me realize that I will need more appropriate clothes for Beijing. When I was riding home on the JHMI shuttle on Tuesday (the only other day other than today that the shuttle was acutally circulating), there was a Beijing native who was talking to his friend in Mandarin, and I overheard him saying that the weather "back home" was even colder than Baltimore! For a California girl, just the thought sends shivers down my spine.

So now I am off to Inner Harbor to find a warm hat, some practical snow boots, and maybe a dress because I want one.