The Great Wall of China

China was full of surprises and challenged my expectations.An example of this was The Great Wall of China. It was a place I knew I was going to visit, an icon of China. Most of the tourist access points to the Great Wall are outside of the city of Beijing. After a few hours in…

A Bit of Chinese Culture

​I knew I was going to a different country, a different continent, but I had truly landed in a whole different world. I landed in China, a country where I could not make out anything spoken or written, where my knowledge of other languages seemed useless. I relied on context, charades, and mostly pictures. I…

First Impressions of China

After a 14 hour flight from Detroit, the airplane’s wheels touched down in China. Beijing greeted me warmly, literally. It was suffocatingly hot the moment I stepped off the plane. I made my way through the airport, excitement growing, and waited with my passport and visitor alien card to cross customs. That was a silent…

Summer Icons

Beaches, camping, ice cream, lighthouses, Lake Michigan. These are all icons of a Michigan summer. To me, the city of Ludington is an icon of summer, incorporating all those elements along with many cherished childhood memories. My excitement with this short trip was wrapped up in my memories from the past and sharing Ludington with…

The City of Light. The City of Love. The City of Lines.

The nickname “The City of Light” stems from two things about Paris. One that it was a center of education during the Age of Enlightenment and two, from its early implementation of street lighting. The nickname “City of Love” reflects Paris’ reputation for being romantic and French being the language of love. Paris is a major tourist destination. The…

In Defense of the French Reputation

So many warned me. Before I left for France, I was warned about the reputation that the French, especially Parisians, have for being unwelcoming, rude, and unfriendly towards Americans. I heard that this was specifically towards Americans and also a general negative attitude towards English speakers. Living in America, I have heard of this reputation often, but never…