By: Maria Libera Vallone
My Aunt Nancy used to tell me that when she was a little girl she was told if she dug a hole in the back yard and kept digging, eventually she’d reach China. Little did I know that one day I decided to study Chinese as I have been a sort of calligrapher for quite some time. After grueling hours of study and learning over 500 characters, I was asked to lead a group of students to Beijing, China for a semester and study Chinese language and culture in exchange for my English skills at the Jingshan School. First of all the classes had over 60 students! What a challenge, as you can see from the title photo! The school also had a “country school” where we spent a day and I tried my hand at making noodles.
On the way, I was coaxed into riding a camel!!!! (see below). We also climbed the Great Wall on another occasion and I got a medal for it!!! One of the prettiest things I witnessed was the art of making paper cuts, which are actually cut with a small sharp knife by hand on rice paper.
To say this was the experience of a lifetime, is an understatement. I will most likely write a Part II to my time in China as one blog is just not enough. Have any of you traveled to China and can share an experience with me? I’d love to hear from you even if you haven’t been and have any questions for me. The next time I talk about China I need to remember to tell you how I made meatballs and pasta in a WOK!!!!!!!!
Zaijian! Goodbye for now!
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