Adaptation & Motorcycles


Though I won’t deny that I have been thoroughly out of my comfort zone since getting off the plane on June 13th, 7 weeks here in China have flown by and I have adapted to my Beijing life. I’m no longer phased by stares, language barrier frustrations, strange food, or even people lackadaisically hacking spit. […]


hou hai burn

So I have now been to hou hai three times: once dying the day with the entire group, once in the late afternoon with my language partner and Maria and Leah, and once at night with the group for swat was supposed to be dinner and dancing util we got rained out. However, even though […]

My Whip


During our class in the spring semester at William & Mary, Wei Laoshi mentioned to us that bicycles would be highly recommended once we got to Tsinghua. We were told it was a large campus and between our dorms, the the academic building, the cafeterias, tai chi class, and even the bus stop, a bike […]

Using English as a weapon…

Zhongguancun shops.

When we first got to China, we were told that we should use our Chinese as much as possible so we could improve.  We were all proud we knew Chinese while other foreigners didn’t and we all loved the look of surprise on peoples’ faces when we spoke to them in Chinese.  We broke a […]

Learning Experiences

Jared and Adam attempting to ride a bike.

Studying abroad in Beijing has been a learning experience.  No one here has progressed much in a single day but, looking back to the beginning of our trip, I’ve noticed some significant changes. I, personally, am much more confident using the little bit of Chinese I do know.  I also feel adjusted to living in […]

It’s Just Different…


One of the reasons I chose to study abroad in China, apart from my wishes to improve my Chinese, was that I wanted to throw myself into an entirely different culture.  I use the phrase “throw myself into” because, for the most part, I am perfectly content remaining within my comfort zone.  While I can […]

An Italian Cultural Experience in Wudaokou


This past year at W&M I lived in the Italian House or La Casa Italiana as we liked to call it. It was a wonderful opportunity for students studying Italian to be immersed in the language and culture.  The house tutor, Giulia, was a constant mentor, friend, and source of information whom we all greatly […]

Nostalgia of the Forbidden City


This past weekend our  group headed to the Forbidden City for the second time! Sadly when we went the first time 2 weeks ago it was closed- still no idea why, but that’s ok because this time was a great success. To start the weather was great, a little hot but at least it wasn’t […]

Chinese Internet Celebrities


So I don’t know about the rest of my peers on this trip, but one of the things I miss the most about home is Youtube. From following my favorite youtuber’s newest videos to searching music and my favorite movie clips, I feel very much cut off from one of my main sources of entertainment […]

Wait.. what?


After a day of classes, I headed to Wudaokou with all the intentions of enjoying a quiet cafe for the evening in order to get some work done. Though I did indeed accomplish this, it was only IN the cafe that I had a “normal” time. The trip there and back, however.. not so much. […]