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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

This trip has been different from other ones I have been on because of the level of culture we get to experience while we are here. Whenever a group of Chinese people realize we are from America most of the time they run up and ask if they can take a picture with us. The friendliness of the majority of the people of this country has been one of the most suprising things so far. Wherever you are you find yourself talking with the locals and quickly becoming friends. We have already exchanged emails with a few people and I plan on keeping up correspondence with them.


Our guides have been great as well and we are all becoming friends with Amanda, Shaun, and our main guide who has the same name as me, Riley. They are all very friendly and they are teaching me some very useful Mandarin phrases. Riley says I am good at it and thinks I should come to China for college and learn the language completely.


This has been an amazing experience so far and I can't wait for more experiences. I don't feel like I am just visiting this country, but rather that I am becoming immersed with the people and it has been a truly eye-opening experience so far.


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2 comments:

Karen Wells said...

That's the best part about Discovery Student Adventures - being immersed in the culture. College in China - now there's a thought! Karen Wells DSA South Africa

Changing Connections said...

You hit the proverbial nail on the head: you are immersed totally in the culture, getting to know the people. Your first paragraph, as well as your post's title, grabs me. You are so lucky to be on this trip. From what you say, I realize that other trips I have taken with students are just tours. I am not sure what to call yours, but it certainly is many steps above anything I have ever experienced. Lucky you.

RJ Stangherlin
PA DEN Leadership Council Blog Coordinator

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Essential Programs Details

Duration 15 days
When August 4th - 18th, 2009
Focus History/Culture
Martial Arts
Modern/Ancient Architecture