As many of you may know, I traveled to China last summer on a school trip. My 11 classmates and I boarded the plane for China almost one year ago this week.
Tonight I attended an informal reunion with the students who accompanied me on the trip; it was so much fun! As we all sat there and reminisced about our trip, it was obvious we all thought the same thing: it was terrible while we were there, but it’s funny looking back on it.
Our trip was basically a race to get as many things done and as many famous places seen in as little time possible…as most international trips are. In three weeks we visited at least five cities and saw and experienced everything we could. We really got a taste of the Chinese culture when riding in a sleeper train that was about 100 people over its occupation limit, and when we saw people cooking random meats in the street at all hours of the night. And of course, the food. We were introduced to every possible food I could imagine. I even ate pig’s brain! I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I couldn’t eat any Chinese food for about three months after that trip.
So much of that trip was not fun while we were experiencing it. We were uncomfortable and hungry most of the time, and just couldn’t wait to get home. But now that I’m home, looking back at our China trip, I realize it was such an amazing experience. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to go to China, see so much of what it has to offer and experience a completely different culture. And most importantly, I am thankful for the amazing friends I have made from that trip. We have experienced a lot together and will always have our memories from China in common.