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Returning to Beijing

Posted by Gabrielle Kohl on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Today was our first travel day, and after our 12-hour flight, we finally arrived in Beijing! When we arrived, we were greeted by our host and driven to our hotel in a van. Along the way, we learned about the population and a brief history of Beijing. After arriving at our hotel, we were given around 20 minutes to put down our luggage and get changed if we wanted. Then, we went to dinner at a small restaurant that was right across the street from the hotel. The food was AMAZING. Then, some of us took a stroll down a large shopping street near our hotel. It had a large amount of stores, restaurants and much more! We walked along and just explored the view around us.

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As I am reflecting about my return to Beijing, I can't help but compare it to last year’s trip (I did go on the same mission trip last year). Last year, I arrived in Beijing with no prior experience. I took a ridiculous amount of pictures, and I was filled with amazement. This year, I didn’t take as many pictures and I wasn’t really filled with amazement. Instead, I was filled with pure happiness and hopefulness. I was happy to be back in a country that contains good memories of friendship and adventure. I was hopeful to make more memories and more friends. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the trip holds.

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Topics: study abroad, China, Saint Vincent College, Gabrielle Kohl, Beijing

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