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Asia » China » Hangzhou November 6th 2011

Our Halloween party was a success! We started making the snacks Sunday afternoon. Everything turned out well except that rice crispie bars. Now I know it should be like the easiest thing in the world to make, but it really isn’t. I’m attributing it to the fact that none of us had made them before, the instructions were in Chinese, and we had weird marshmallows. They ended up being just a shapeless blob on a plate since we didn’t have a pan to spread them out in. I tried some of it later, and it wasn’t too bad, but I won’t be making those again. Our more successful treats were some witches brooms made with pretzel sticks and Fruit by the Foot, dirt cups, brownies, and grilled cheese sandwiches (our Chinese friends specifically requested these). I ... read more
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Asia » China » Hangzhou November 1st 2011

Here are the articles I have written so far for my internship: Song Dynasty Park--experience an ancient world Not many people can say that they have traveled back in time, but that is the feeling invoked as you enter Song Dynasty Park, or would be if not for the incessant hammering and hum of drills. At the moment, part of the park is under construction, but don’t let that discourage you from visiting. Quaint buildings and costumed residents mill around making it look like a painting right out of ancient China. The design of the park is actually based on a painting by Zhang Zeduan from the Song Dynasty. With a slogan of “one day in Song Dynasty Town for a history of one thousand years” visitors witness the daily lives and ceremonies of the Song ... read more
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Asia » China » Hangzhou October 30th 2011

Twas the night before Halloween…and we’re celebrating our own Chinese version of it tonight. It’s a little strange not seeing Halloween decorations everywhere, but Halloween really isn’t popular here. It made it difficult to plan a Halloween party. We went to the store to find costumes and decorations, but they only had one tiny section of products. Well, not a section, a shelf. It was such a sad representation of Halloween, I who am used to whole stores dedicated to the holiday. They had different colored hair wigs, some masks, pirate hats and capes. That was all. No orange and black streamers, no ready to wear costumes (if you want a costume you have to find the separate pieces to put it together), and no Halloween packaged candy. I looked online for some easy to make ... read more
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Asia » China » Hangzhou October 19th 2011

Well, I’m back from Beijing, and it was simply wonderful. We left Thursday afternoon for the train station and were on our way by 6 that night. Soft sleepers are the best way to travel. Four passengers share a private room with a door so you can hide away from the other passengers if you want. We had quite a fun time with everyone hanging out in our room before we dispersed for the night to sleep. We were woken up by one of the train attendants an hour before we arrived. We took a subway to the hotel and dropped all our things off. I was rooming with Carey again, and yet again, we had a window into the bathroom. Well, not a window because this time, the whole wall was frosted glass. That was ... read more
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Asia » China » Hangzhou October 13th 2011

This week I had a breakthrough. The package that my parents and boyfriend sent me for my birthday had been held at customs, so I had to try to figure out how to get it here. At first, they just needed my passport information which I gave them. But the package was still not delivered. When I called them the first time, they said it would be sent after National Day. National Day came and went and still no package. I looked on the UPS website to track my package and it said “Package abandoned by sender/receiver.” This made me panic a bit because of course, I had not abandoned it; I was just waiting for customs to get through all their apparent paperwork to send it. The next day I checked again, and the site ... read more

Asia » China » Hangzhou October 7th 2011

My hopes for a long restful day after our return from Xi’an were dashed as we had a day trip planned for today, and it was all hiking. We walked to Huang Long Dong, Yellow Dragon Park and saw a little bit of a traditional opera. It didn’t really make an impression on my because I had no idea what was going on. Huang Long Dong has a temple that houses a matchmaking deity, so there is a lot to do with love there. Every Saturday night, Chinese parents meet here and try to set up their sons and daughters with other parents’ kids. They have information cards about their child like age, job, income, and where they live. This stems from the belief that young people are so busy with their work that they don’t ... read more
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Asia » China » Hangzhou October 6th 2011

October 6 We got back from Xi’an today, and I have never had such a bittersweet experience in my life! Xi’an was cool, but traveling was HELL! Brittany, Carey, and I left the station in the afternoon on Monday. We had hard sleepers, so we had beds and room to move around. It was fun, except for the fact I wasn’t able to sleep at all that night because the other Chinese men were snoring so loudly! I had to put my music on so I couldn’t hear them, but even that didn’t help because I’m not used to listening to music when I sleep, so I barely slept Monday night. I got to make up for it though once everyone else woke up that morning. We got to Xi’an at about ten in the morning, ... read more
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Asia » China » Hangzhou October 2nd 2011

Well it’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted and a lot has happened. Last Sunday, I went with Kelsey and her Chinese friend, August, to go to another campus and some museums in another part of Hangzhou. This was kind of a last minute decision on my part, and I regretted it almost as soon as the day started. They were meeting at the bus stop at 9:30 in the morning, and Kelsey said it wasn’t that far away. Not true. The bus ride to August’s campus alone took over 30 minutes, and I couldn’t help but thinking, this wasn’t going to be worth it since I’m going to have to leave early anyways to get back in time for KTV (we were meeting at 12:30) and I could have slept in longer. Needless to say, ... read more
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Asia » China » Hangzhou September 24th 2011

Now that our classes are in full swing, I’m fully appreciating time and mourning my lack of it. I hardly have a free moment anymore what with studying and doing homework, writing blogs and journals for class. I really do love this though. I always feel like I’m accomplishing something, and there is always more to do. Even if I don’t necessarily enjoy writing articles, I’m thankful for this internship because it provides me with so much information about Hangzhou and new restaurants and venues we can visit. Now I just need to get off my butt, get over my slight anxiety of exploring and get out there. In two weeks we have the National Holiday, which means a week long break from classes for us. We’re starting to plan out where we want to ... read more
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Asia » China » Hangzhou September 18th 2011

Well, I made it back in one piece, and have a new love for Shanghai. We left Friday afternoon to take an hour long bus ride to the train station, then boarded the bullet train. I was the only one that had any misgivings about the train, but everything (obviously) went smoothly—literally. That train moves so easily! I’ve never been on a train, but I have ridden the subway and I can imagine being jostled around a little bit. But the bullet train is so smooth; I didn’t even feel when we made a stop on the way. I thought we were still moving until Kelsey said something about a person walking by. I looked up, and we were parked. We got up to 296 kilometers per hour (183 miles per hour) and arrived in less ... read more
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Beyond Fun Cafe




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