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March 31, 2012 – Day One Through April 1, 2012 – Day Two

Posted by on March 31, 2012

Day One/Two:

I stayed up most of the night last night, and only got about an hour of sleep before having to wake up for my flight. It was a bright and early morning, I was nervous, I had butterflies. I think I was more excited than nervous but the mixed feelings caused the butterflies. I had a flight out of Raleigh-Durham Airport to the Toronto, Canada Airport which was a breeze, but I had a six-hour layover in Toronto which was hard because I was too excited to get some rest. After our layover we boarded the plane for a twelve hour and twelve minute flight to Beijing, China. Life on the plane was great for the first hour but sitting in a nine person row for the next eleven hours sure did not sound fun. On the flight I was in and out of sleep because you only have so much room to sleep in and stretch out in the seat. When we landed it was already April first in China (we had lost a day). After landing we had to go through Chinese customs which we had to take very seriously because if you goofed off we would be sent out of the country. We all made it through and met with our tour guide at the transportation lot. From the airport we made our 2 hour trip to our hostel. I found out very quickly that New York City traffic was nothing compared to China’s. There may be four lanes on the road but there are five rows of cars. After arriving at the hostel we put our things in our rooms and cleaned up a bit from our flights we headed out into the Hutong where our hostel was located and started an adventure down the road dodging cars, people on bikes, and people riding mopeds. Strange smells that I have never smelled in my life were everywhere. One moment something would smell nice then the next it would smell like trash or waste. After our adventure down the road and headed back for a traditional Chinese meal at our hostel. The food is fresh and very different from what we think “Chinese food” is.  After dinner we explored the street a bit more and called it a night.

 

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