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Alex in China

The Great Outdoors

Spring Showers Bring May Flowers At Peking University, students in the school of Chinese as a Second Language are taken on one expense-paid field trip per semester. Last semester our teachers took us to the Summer Palace and out to dinner. This semester we went to the Beijing Botanical Garden so I hopped myself up on allergy pills and took a lot of pictures. I’d never seen so many flowers in my life. The Russian Embassy I don’t have any religious background and in fact have never even attended a […]

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Spring Adventures

I’ve been going on lots of adventures! Most notably, I visited a portion of the great wall in Tsingdao. People were shocked when I told them I had never been to the great wall, considering I’ve been here for eight months now. The reason is actually deliberate.  In general I don’t enjoy tourist attractions, especially those set up for foreigners. I think in order to experience the real China your time is better spent elsewhere. I am saving the touristy part of the great wall for when my girlfriend comes to visit […]

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A New Semester

Chunjie Before I came to China, I heard a lot about the spring festival.  It is the most important holiday in China and equivalent to a lot of western countries’ emphasis on Christmas. During this time Chinese go home to spend time with their families. It also acts as the break for students between the fall and spring semesters. Though all of my friends had left campus, I originally planned to spend this time working and doing some site-seeing. Something I didn’t know about this holiday is that most companies […]

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Fall Goes Fast When You’re Having Fun

Halloween So Halloween was a lot of fun. I was invited to a party by a friend of mine who is currently studying at Normal University through CET. The two of us were Chinese classmates at the University of Minnesota for the past two years so it’s been pretty crazy to meet up again on the other side of the Earth. I wish I had taken some pictures of the party but alas I was too busy having fun to remember! The Summer Palace Yeah yeah I know, I’ve said before and I’ll […]

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How’s Classes Alex?

I’m going to keep this blog honest. I want to tell you about the good and the bad times I have while I’m here. As such, this post is going to be a mix of both. My first week of classes was not a good time. In fact, I would say it was a very very bad time. Students in China are not catered to in the same way as students are in America. This means if you have problems, it is a lot less the University’s responsibility to help you. It’s your responsibility to help […]

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Arrival and Orientation

Hello again reader. If my count is correct, today is my twelfth day in China. I was not able to blog during the past few days due to the extremely busy orientation schedule, and it hasn’t helped that my choice to upgrade to Windows 10 has effectively impeded my VPN from connecting. But I’m here now, and I’m going to talk about what I’ve been up to. Health Forms and Move-in I had to go to the doctor again to get all the tests done that I already underwent in […]

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A Year in China: Introduction

Hello reader, My name is Alex. Here I will be taking you on a tour of my time spent studying abroad at Peking University in Beijing, China. To start off, I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself. I’m currently 21 years old. I spent the past three years studying Political Science at the University of Minnesota, but I’m originally from the small town of Saukville, Wisconsin. I have LOTS of hobbies, but the biggest one is probably recording music. Throughout this blog I’ll be posting a lot […]

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