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  • Message To Swansea Students!

    Hi to all those of you coming from the 'Summer in China at Swansea University' group on Facebook. So here's what I thought about the China trip. Not only is it a fantastic opportunity to learn a new language (and one that is growing in demand!), but you get to experience a whole different culture, try lots of amazing food (and if you're crazy like me, more exotic food like scorpions!), see breathtaking sights and best of all you'll make friends from all over the world (I'm still keeping in touch with friends from Sweden, Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan!) Instead of just telling you about it, here's a little video which should give you all an idea of how awesome our...
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    Posted on: January 13th, 2011
  • Weihai/Seoul: Voyage To Korea! (Part Two)

    Here's part two of my voyage to Korea, enjoy! :) The next thing on my mind was grabbing some food from the restaurant (suprise, suprise)! The restaurant looked just like a school canteen, I stood a little confused at the counter when she said something in Korean. Fortunately the Korean guy next to me spoke English and helped me order my food. I wasn't expecting much but the food was actually really good! It was also my first experience of Korean food which was pretty cool. We had a Beef Kimchi Soup (Kimchi [김치] is the most popular and well-known of  the food in Korea, a subtly sour and often slightly spicy fermented vegetable dish). The Korean guy who'd helpe...
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    Posted on: July 23rd, 2010
  • Weihai/Seoul: Voyage to Korea! (Part One)

    This is a big blog entry, so it's split into two parts . Here's part one. Wow, I can't believe I'm actually in Korea! The China trip has been and gone so fast! I have to say I'm relieved to be in the hotel room now, the journey here was certainly no easy ride! So yesterday was my final day in China, we had our leaving ceremony in the late morning. It was similar to the leaving ceremony for the other students, except it was a little more informal since there was just a few of us left. We had a few farewell speeches and we were each given a commemorative hard-bound photo of the whole group (including all the other countries) from our first day in Weihai. Then, l...
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    Posted on: July 23rd, 2010
  • Weihai: Final Days (Trying Tea, ‘Ping Pang’ and Depressed Rabbits)

    It's still kind of hard to believe that tomorrow will mark the end of my trip in China and I'll be getting a ferry to Korea! We've finished up in China on a relaxed note over the past few days; here's what we got up to. The day after we came back from Jinan, we didn't really do anything, although in the evening I watched Angels and Demons with Satnam, Reem and Bhavneet. Bhavneet came out with some hilarious lines like "So is the Vatican City real?" and "Does Tom 'Hank' really study at Harvard?"; brilliant! On monday we had our last scheduled events; a lecture on tea and an hour in the ping pong courts. The lecture on tea was suprisingly interesting, we learn...
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    Posted on: July 21st, 2010
  • Shandong Excursion: Day Three (Jinan)

    Today was our final day of travelling around Shandong Province and we have now returned to our hotel in Weihai. While it's nice to be back in familiar surroundings, it feels a little lonely here without our friends from the other participating countries! This morning, we were very pleased to find that the breakfast provided by the hotel in Jinan had western food! It's been a very long time since we've had a chance to have proper western food. So it was nice to be able to eat fried egg, bacon, sausages, proper chips and cheesecake; the simple things that just don't exist in most of the places in China! Obviously we all had second helpings! Our first stop of the ...
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    Posted on: July 17th, 2010
  • Shandong Excursion: Day Two (Mount Tai)

    There's a lot of videos in this one, so the page might take a while to fully load! What a tiring day, it's been fun though! We started off quite early, leaving the hotel around half 8 in the morning. During the drive, we kept excitedly pointing out mountains in the distance asking if any of them were Mount Tai; although they all paled in comparison to the mountain we saw when we actually reached our destination. The view was spectacular; and the misty weather added to the atmosphere. It was hard to grasp the true grandeur of the mountain because the visibility was quite low (and it was going to get even foggier as we went up!) We had to get a coach to the start...
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    Posted on: July 16th, 2010
  • Shandong Excursion: Day One (Qufu)

    Well, considering I got almost no sleep the night before and went to bed pretty late last night (because of packing!); you can imagine the amount of willpower and effort it took me to actually get up this morning to get ready for our coach ride at 6am! Somehow though we all managed it (except Sam and Gemma who were 30 minutes late...tut tut!) and by half 6 we set off. Since the coach journey was about 6 or 7 hours, that gave me lots of time to catch up on my sleep. Although, that said, sleeping through the driver's crazy driving wasn't easy and a number of times we were all rudely awakened by a long beep of the horn and swerving....just another day in Chinese traf...
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    Posted on: July 15th, 2010
  • Weihai: Saying Goodbye

    Today's been both tiring and emotional... Having gone to bed at 7am last 'night', only to wake up again for our last Chinese class at 9am; I was pretty exhausted for the majority of the day! For our final class, as well as learning a few more basics (or re-learning for some of us!) we did a little calligraphy which I found much harder than I expected it to be! After our Chinese class, we had enough time to head back to the hotel and grab our things before making our way to the Observatory (yes the observatory we were supposed to be going to last week!) Unfortunately, since I took a few minutes more to leave the hotel, everyone had already left by the time I got...
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    Posted on: July 14th, 2010
  • Weihai: Weekend, Restaurant and Karaoke

    I don't know why I'm writing this now as it's 6am and I really should get to sleep since we have an early start tomorrow, but I want to get this all out now so here it is anyway! So first off, the weekend has been pretty good, but not enough has really happened to warrant posting until now. On Saturday we had another good night at SOHO bar, Sunday was a chilled day for us (apart from Rex who spent all day in hospital with a weird rash/fever thing which has been plauging him for a while now!) and in the evening we gave a talk to some Chinese students about student life in the UK. Yesterday evening Louise, Nia, Sam, Deniz, Joon (one of our new Korean friends) and I ...
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    Posted on: July 13th, 2010
  • Weihai: Weirdest Show Ever!!

    Another short post today. Started the day off with a lecture on Taoism which was pretty good and very informative, thanks to Issac! In the afternoon I went for another bike ride around Weihai and gave Yon Ho another visit. This evening was when things got really weird. So this Final Contest of English Drama was very, VERY abstract. I didn't know what was going on for half of it! There were some incredibly strange performances ranging from Shakespeare to 17 Again to Monkey King (which isn't English drama, it's Chinese!). Everything was a little off: stories completely different to the original, bizzare non-sensical humour thrown in, very weird action scenes, que...
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    Posted on: July 9th, 2010
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