This past weekend, I was finally able to escape the city and get my first glimpse of “real China.” As beautiful as Shanghai is, I was a little bit sick of the constant noise and shoving and rude behaviors. I threw caution to the wind and decided to sign up for a weekend hiking trip to Ling’An, which is in Zhejiang Province, southwest of Shanghai.
Topics: study abroad, China, Maggie Loya, Shanghai
It’s been a while since my last post, and a lot has happened. I’ve started classes and plan to start my internship with Westinghouse next week. I’ve done quite a bit of sightseeing around the city.
Topics: Maggie Loya, Shanghai, Culture Shock
I hopelessly stared at the four grey shrimp-like creatures, and they stared back with black, lifeless eyes. A warm pot of soup was the only other indication that these prawns were indeed meant as food.
Topics: study abroad, Maggie Loya, Shanghai
“How do you feel about studying abroad in Shanghai for five months?”
I've been asked this many, many times over the past few months, and my answers have changed drastically.
- Three months ago: "I CAN'T WAIT!!!"
- Two months ago: "I have no idea what I'm doing with my life, and I'm terrified."
- One month ago: "I can't believe this is actually happening. I'm so excited!"
- This week: "Yeah, I'm leaving on Saturday for a foreign country. Can't speak the language. Probably going to be a pretty cool experience. Is this what they call shock?"
Topics: study abroad, internship, Maggie Loya, Shanghai