So it’s almost been two weeks since we arrived in China and it almost feels like home is a distant memory. After a few tears at the airport, loosing then finding a passport in Amsterdam and a long flight we finally arrived in Tianjin safe and sound. It was a bit of a shock to our systems at first doing basic ‘parent jobs’ like feeding ourselves, tidying our room and doing shopping but as a team we manage really well.
Our first event was the ‘University of Strathclyde’s Alumni Event’ hosted in the Kerry Hotel in Beijing. Travelling to Beijing was an experience in itself as we had to figure out taxis, the bullet train and the general rush of Beijing. Afterwards we spent a night in a nice hostel and travelled back to our now home, Tianjin.
Although we were all extremely homesick at first, now having the routine of college and learning Chinese means we only have time to be excited and immerse in the culture. The highlights of Tianjin definitely have to be the kind people, our international friends and the nightlife. The only low is sometimes it is frustrating not being able to communicate in Chinese and be understood, however this only makes us all the more determined to study hard.
In summary, so far we all love Tianjin, enjoy the rich culture and can’t wait for what the next year has in store for us all.