Arrival in Shanghai May 26, 2011Posted by Kate Bohlmann in Travel Log.
Tags: Arrival, China, China LBAT, Chinese, Shanghai, Travel
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To start off with- a word to the wise- don’t do what I did.
My parents and I booked my flight to Shanghai for Friday, May 13th at 12:30 am. Unfortunately we each read my departure time as midnight Friday. If you’re seeing where this is heading, yep- you’re right, I missed my flight to Shanghai.
I was driving home the evening before my flight and had a horrible thought- what if 12:30 am Friday meant that night and not the next night like we assumed? I ran inside and checked my itinerary, and sure enough, my flight was supposed to be half an hour from then. As soon as I saw that, I ran downstairs and woke up my mom. We spent the following hours discussing my situation with Korean Air and Expedia. We soon learned that we would have to go to the airport to work with Korean Air at their check-in desk. So I threw everything I was planning on bringing into my suitcase, took a quick shower, and we left for the airport- at 3:30 am.
Since it was the middle of the night we had to wait for the Korean Air desk to open up at 9:15 am. After working with the Korean Air staff we decided I could try to fly standby to Shanghai. I got on a flight at 1 pm Saturday afternoon, and I arrived in Shanghai at 8 pm Sunday, May 15th. From there it was still sort of an adventure because my taxi driver didn’t speak English and he dropped me off at the front of Shanghai Jiaotong University’s campus. After walking all over campus with my luggage and asking several people in Chinese how to get to my dorm, I finally found it and went right to sleep.
Things are great now that I’m here- I’ve met some awesome people on the trip already, and our classes are really interesting. We even took a city tour and went up to the top of the 4th tallest building in the world, the Shanghai World Financial Center! My Chinese has already improved, too- I’m becoming pretty good at ordering my meals in Chinese. And I have to say I love the food here; I think I’ll really miss my morning baozi for breakfast once I’m back in the States. I’m so excited for everything I’m going to be experiencing here, and I can’t wait to see how much more my Chinese abilities expand. I’ll update on all of the great things we’re doing soon!
The Traveling Life July 25, 2010Posted by gtpspdirector in Travel Log.
Tags: Berlin, EU Study Abroad, Krakow, Paris, Travel
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Three cities, three weeks, a whole lotta traveling.
The first three weeks of my program were spent in Brussels (you can read my previous posts here and here), and the second were spent with one week in Paris, one in Berlin, and one in Krakow, Poland. This was a great opportunity to see three totally different parts of the EU and get a feel for the different cultures. Let’s take them one at a time by publishing some excerpts from my journal. (more…)
Praha Sun June 8, 2010Posted by Ethan Craig in Travel Log.
Tags: Czech Republic, gtl, Prague, Travel
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It’s amazing how much life you can live in a short amount of time. Back home, on a typical Saturday, I’d rouse myself around eleven or so, eat something, bum around the house, eat again and perhaps spend some time with friends. Here in Europe, on a typical Saturday, I travel hundreds of miles by train over night, awake in a country I’ve never seen before and explore everything is has to offer. Praha (Prague) is a beautiful city! From castles to cathedrals, from clock towers to cemeteries, everything I saw this past weekend was amazing. The weather was gorgeous: sunny without a trace of cloud. What is most astonishing is that for some people living in a city like Praha is completely normal. They get up, get ready, and walk along the castle walls on their way to work. It certainly makes my route to class past Bobby Dodd stadium seem less impressive!
Along the way, I also was fortunate enough to meet people from all over the world. It is pretty interesting to hear the story of a world traveler and what keeps them moving along. We met people from Australia, Belgium, Great Britain, Venezuela and even some from Atlanta, Georgia! For some, travel is a vacation, for others, travel is a lifestyle. Whatever the case, no matter how different our stories may be, something brought us altogether in the same place on the same weekend. I think that is pretty amazing.
Already in the three weeks I’ve been abroad I can say that this has been a worthwhile experience. (more…)