Last full day in china! I'm going to miss it here a lot. For lunch, daddy and e mama took me to little fish little beef in the giant shopping mall near e mama's apartment aka where we stayed. Afterwards, I got bubble tea and went shopping. In the afternoon, we had to pack our suitcases. Then we had seafood hotpot! There was me, daddy, e mama, e mama's neighbor, and her neighbors daughter I think. The food there was very yummy! I hope to visit china again nexT year, it's been so much fun😊
27 July 2017
This is daddy's high school reunion. I met another abc like me who was also visiting china, but for the fifteenth time! She can't speak much Chinese though. Her name is anna, I don't have a photo but we got along well. She's from Wyoming. I also met two other kids, a sister and brother both native Chinese. The sister is 11 and the brother is 10. They are pretty nice as well.
26 July 2017
We visited the seaside ate lunch at a restaurant on the water. Afterwards, we learned how to pull out apracrons or whatever they are called😂. The ones we pulled are in the last picture. There are many many cages hanging from wooden planks that are crossed. Each tank houses the apracrons. It was a lot of fun😃. Then we went to the beach to swim. We collected small snails to cook just for fun. Dinner at a restaurant was quite yummy.
23 July 2017
~another one if daddy's middle school reunions, the food at the fancy tea house type restaurant was delicious
~I visited daddy's girl cousins house.I stayed there for the night
~she took me and daddy for a haircut at a local hair cuttery. Only ten yuan each!
~we visited grandma and grandpa's house too. I also saw grandpa's mom for the second time
~first time on the high speed rail. It was very smooth and the seats were quite spacious. There was so much to see outside if the window
~shopping at the gigantic mall near the e mama's apartment. There was so much good food and wonderful stores
~seafood place we went to for dinner with lingyi susu
~a lovely quote I found because I'm missing my friends from Lijiang
~mountain hiking in the morning
~pretty cafe for tea and cakes in the afternoon. Everything had such a nice vibe and the treats were delicious
~fancy place for dinner with my dad's middle school friend for a reunion. The food was delicious
~I don't have a photo right now, but I received my ukulele!😃
20 July 2017
Yesterday, we visited tiger hill in the morning. After lunch, u went shopping at m day and miniso. Then, we stopped at pizza hut for some food, Chinese pizza hut is SO good! It was like a sit down restaurant with waiters and stuff. The pizza and chicken wings were absolutely delicious😊. At night and evening, we went to a street shopping area with some ancient touring stuff. I really love street market shopping in china, the food, the flavors the tastes, the sounds, the sights, they are all so exciting to me. Each shop is so unique. We went to this place called momi cafe. They had stationary, journals, wax seals, and lots of post cards, there was a little nook in the corner for sitting and relaxing. There was also cute food. At momi cafe, you can write a letter and they will send it to you in a year or whenever you wish. You can also send letters to other people. There are so many cute post cards to choose from. I really like the concept of it and I had so much fun street shopping!
19 July 2017
Some more pictures from tea house where we ate lunch. I love the Zen vibe, it was so calming and the food was so flavorful and delicious
17 July 2017
Here are some nice pictures from last night and last last night. Yesterday, I went to a special place for Buddha to your. I stayed at my first five star hotel, it was amazing! At night I went shopping in a mall plaza and the we ate dinner. It costed 2000 yuan! Very expensive, but SO delicious. Afterwards, we went street market shopping. Daddy's old classmates took us around. But lately, I've also been missing my friends from Lijiang. I like them more than some of my friends I've known for years. Playing cards in the lobby, EXPOSING, chasing the boys, planning schemes, and having so much fun together was a truly memorable experience. It just makes me sad to know that it will never happen again and I'm scared that we will slowly fall apart in the future. I wish we could all see each other again
We got to play running man! There are special place in china where you can have your own running man game. Everyone got their own nametag and we split into teams and wore running man shirts. There was zi ya ban, soccer, fireball, guess the song, and a game where you poke out of the hole and get as Michelin as you can. At the end, we played si ming pai. There was a complex of rooms for us to play in. Our team, yellow team won!😊
14 July 2017
I got to try shark fin soup and lots of other yummy fuzhou foods. I also visited grandma and grandpa's house in china aka the place I stayed when I was one. There's a photo of grandma's younger brothers car, it's very nice. My dad's good friend from high school, lingyi uncle took us to karaoke. There was a private room with lots of yummy food and fun songs. It was so much fun😃
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7 July 2017
Here is a pic from yesterday when we visited the imperial gardens. Today we climbed the great wall of China! I also had a fancy breakfast😊. Climbing the wall was a bit tiring, but still fun. We even got to ride cable cars. For dinner we went to a place called Annie's. I made my own mini PIZZA. Chinese Italian food is so good! Afterwards, we took a walk in one of Beijing four giant parks. At night, I walked around the city a bit. Today has been so much fun!
6 July 2017
Yesterday, our flight from Lijiang to beijing was in the morning at 6 am. The flight the previous night had been cancelled and people slept at the airport and began causing a riot to get onto the 6 am flight. Airport people finally got us onto the plane. Here are some funn pictures. When I asked nathan what he was doing, he said "what? You've never seen a terrorist before?" It was a funny joke. My other friend, Grace, is really good at origami. She folded a dollar bill into a bow. I have also included some last pictures of the hotel. Thanks for everything, Lijiang!
Just sitting in the courtyard for probably the last time. I highly doubt I would ever come back to this exact place and see the same people. This beautiful Chinese traditional music is playing in the garden. The air here is fresh, the sounds surrounding me are real. The morning light is bright, but subtle. This whole experience in Lijiang has been incredible. I've never quite felt anything like it. There were ups and downs, but nevertheless a truly breathtaking experience. I have a wonderful circle of friends that make me feel at home. Lijiang is also a very culturally rich place. I am very glad to have seen the sights and lived the place. Camp ended yesterday, but I was supposed to be leaving today at 5:05, my flight time but it's pushed back to 9pm. Many of my friends have already left this morning, including my roommate and the girls. Some Australian kids are coming here for the next camp. They're very rude and annoying. Anyways, I'm blessed with this experience. Thank you Lijiang!
3 July 2017
Today, we visited a chinese marketplace and shopped around. I didn't buy anything though. At the end, a lot of people had ukuleles and I wanted to buy one too but it was too late. I'm hoping I can get one before I leave china. I'm not playing violin in eighth grade so I want to try playing the ukulele. The marketplace brought so many fun and exciting flavours, tastes, smells, and sights. The culture so unique and the food was amazing. I think I really did get to experience China today😊
2 July 2017
Yesterday, we climbed up a mountain with stairs. There was a lake with such beautiful, clear water. Afterwards, we had lunch and then headed to a traditional marketplace. I has a lot if fun shopping around, but didn't end up buying anything. That night, my.friends and I were playing hide and seek in the hotel. According to the news and some sights, first a boy named Ethan was seriously contemplating suicide and going to jump off the balcony roof at the hotel. He disappeared and everyone was so worried. Turns out he was ok and just going through a weird phase. Later in the night, a girl named Reyna was also on the roof. Apparently, ac teased her so she hit him really hard and he got somewhat injured. Everyone started yelling at get so she for upset and went up onto the roof. Finally, she was okay. I saw her come down with mascara streaming down her face. At around 9:25, there was news of some drunk old guys couldn't find his room and offered money for something. It was quite a night.
30 June 2017
So... there is this group chat for the kids in the Lijiang camp. Nathan kept on changing his group alias, but if you click on the profile picture it will say Nathan. So I screenshoted it and sent on the group chat. So then someone sleep kept saying Nathan liked me as blackmail or something. So then, hannah and Elaine, these other girls also involved, teamed up during lunch. The boys, Nathan, jaco(his roommate), victor(elaine brother), and Derek, started hiding. We kinda had this war where we we r exposing each other into the main chat. It was really funny because the boy were so bad at hiding. I suggested to make another chat do we weren't spamming the main chat. The new one was called war of snipers. At night, we were running around the hotel chasing the boys and they were trying to expose us. Finally, we made a truce and gathered in the courtyard to play cards, but then moved to the lobby for poker. It was a lot of fun and I like my new friends 😊
29 June 2017
Hi! Today, we went practiced Chinese brush writing in the morning. I wrote four sheets if characters. There were special Yuanan characters. After lunch, we went to this really cool tea place where we learned how to make tea. There were interesting tools and procedures. I made green tea, red tea, and some special Yuanan Health tea. They were very yummy and surprisingly made me quite full even though the cups were so tiny. I thoroughly enjoyed the process. Also, James really nice and helped me clean up the tea stuff today. He felt bad about what happened with the clay stuff, so he wanted to help. I've never actually met a boy that nice 😂. We also chatted for a while. Then, we had dinner and headed back to the hotel. It was boringish because I had nothing to do. And on the camp kids we chat group, Nathan and I were kinda talking and now jacob says Nathan likes me. He "denies" it, but I have the smallest feeling he might though. It's getting late so, good night!
27 June 2017
你好! It's Wednesday June 27, 2017. Today, we had breakfast at the hotel and then went to this rclassroom place. 亮老师 taught us about these different cultural groups in Yuanan. Then, we had lunch. Afterwards we did dancing, which was kinda lame. We held hands in a circle and walked around. We also did this peacock dance, which I have done before with Mrs. Gina. Then, we could chose to go to a supermarket. I wanted to get some snacks, food, and cheap stuff but I didn't spot anything I really wanted. Take a look at the pictures. Also, there was so much ramen!!! And this fruit with a face carved into it. I also tried on some sunglasses. I'm going to call my parents, so bye! 👋🐙
Ps. I was texting Emily earlier today. She really has a watt of unknowingly cheering me up. I don't think she realizes how happy she makes me when I'm not in a great mood. #bestcousinever😊😊😊🐙🐙🐙👋👋👋
26 June 2017
Today, we had breakfast at the hotel, and then a speech to welcome us. We had a lot of downtime too and lunch. At around two, we got on a bus to visit a special place in Lijiang. There was a guided tour and we walked the exquisite streets of Lijiang. There was so much beautiful culture and food. Then, we went to eat dinner. It was similar to hotpot, but instead there was just got soup in a bowl. Not a mini stove. The food was DELICIOUS. Next, we went to watch a show with some acting incorporated into mainly dancing. It was Chinese, of course. Annabelle, my roommate, and I got popcorn. It had this caramel like texture but still a slight but buttery. It was a amazing. I feel asleep for short periods of time throughout the show because I didn't get enough sleep last night. It was pouring rain outside and it still is. Anyways, I should sleep now so see ya!
25 June 2017
On Friday night, we drove down to Pennsylvania to say with Eric for a night. On Saturday morning, we left to go to an airport in New Jersey. From there, Mommy and daddy dropped me off with a chaperone and some other kids also attending the camp. We took a fourteen hour flight to Beijing. Then, we got on a flight to Lijian. I'm on this flight right now. I miss my parents a little, they're sleeping now by the way. I'm excited to meet my roommate, Annabella. I hope we get along well. Oh, and I got my pepper spray confiscated during our security check in for this flight. I'm not quite sure why, but I'm not nearly as excited for this trip as I was just a few days ago. Strange, huh? And for some reason, I have a serious longing to watch a Cars movie. We watched Cars 3 this past Thursday and it really got me thinking. I feel as if a have a special connection to the characters. I love the movies so much. A lot of things are going on in my head, but I won't get too complicated with it now,