Day One: Beijing
Wow! The flight felt much shorter than I expected.
It did not feel like a 13 hour flight - thank goodness! Maybe it was because I have been on car rides that last more than six hours, maybe because I have been on flights that have lasted longer than four hours, or probably because I slept about 10 hours of the flight.
No matter the reason, the flight was great, because it got me to Beijing -- A new part of the world I never thought I would set foot on.
After we went through security at the airport, my professors, classmates and I were greeted by our host, the Asian Student Institute.
They were very welcoming to us in every possible way. It took us about 45 minutes to make it to the hotel, and on the way, we were able to see the different architecture in China and to experience how pedestrians and drivers interact on the streets.
After getting settled into our amazing hotel, four of my classmates and I went out for dinner. Allex, Tevin, Hayleigh and I are the only ones who really enjoyed our food, even though we had kind of a rough time ordering it because of the language barrier. We did our best to point out what we wanted, and thankfully the lady understood us.
So far, Beijing and its people have been so kind; I cannot even describe it.
I look forward to tomorrow's business visits and sharing my experience while abroad with everyone.