Hutongs, Drum Tower, and Embassy Adventures!

What a fun week! We were able to visit some really cool places and see more of Beijing this week which was super exciting. Above is a picture of me at the Hutongs- so cool. The Hutongs are traditional Beijing alleyways. Below are a few photos from the Hutongs.

 

 

We spotted a woman selling these hats  and we decided to invest in some must have Peppa the Pig Supreme gear.

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Below is a picture of Mia and I in front of the Gulou, the Drum Tower of Beijing. 

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Here is a photo in front of Houhai Lake with Brian, Alex, Simon, Claudia, Thoraeu, and Mia. The area around the lake has been converted into restaurants, bars, and cafes. It was a super cool spot!

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We went to the U.S. embassy and actually had a chance to meet with Ambassador Branstad! We were able to ask him questions about his job and listen to his views on certain issues. After we met with a few foreign service officers who described their jobs, it was so exciting to hear! This was really exciting because many of us hope to have this job one day.

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Here is a picture of a sunset we saw while on a rooftop garden. Thanks to Beijing’s great subway system, it has been super fun and do-able to navigate the city! It’s exciting to be exploring new places with the amazing friends I’ve made.

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All in all, this week was a good one! Between settling into the dorms, making new friends, adjusting to the academic schedule, making gains in Chinese, and exploring new places, it has been really great. I finally am starting to feel a sense of place, and I’m happy to be finding my groove. Although it is difficult to be a beginner in the language, I’ve already found myself making a lot of improvements due to the rigorous class work. I’m looking forward to spending another 8 months here, furthering my Chinese skills, knowledge of Chinese culture, and experiences! Can’t wait for what the future holds! ✌🏽

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