Tag: East Asia

December 1, 2011 Tessa Bradford 1 comment

I finally did tons of sight-seeing and played the role of a proper tourist in Beijing. I think I’ve hit just about every major spot in the city. There’s always other cool things to do here, but at least I’ve seen the “main attractions.”

October 26, 2011 Tessa Bradford No comments exist

At the beginning of October China has their national holiday, and everyone gets a whole week off. After lots of visa troubles and indecisiveness, I finally came to the conclusion that the best way to spend my week would be to head back to Taiwan. 

September 25, 2011 Tessa Bradford No comments exist

So last week I headed to the English corner. It was a bit of a mob. I’d start chatting with someone that I wanted to get to know better, then have a crowd swarm me and pepper me with questions about America, and the Chinese student I was actually having a conversation with would give…

September 22, 2011 Tessa Bradford No comments exist

It was a rough start in Beijing. But things did begin to improve. My host found a nice hotel for me (and then I never spoke to him again. Trust issues, and all that). This place had an actual lobby, security cameras, and clean rooms. Those three things are wildly under appreciated, I think. So…

September 21, 2011 Tessa Bradford 2 comments

Beijing didn’t start very well. I got off the plane at around midnight and was picked up by a host from the university. He was there to take me to a hotel, then help me adjust to life in China in the following weeks. We drove for about an hour to get into the Haidian…