Sorry that I haven´t been active lately, but the wifi in China was really bad and when I got home to Norway the wifi didn’t work here either, so now I am like sitting on a public place with free wifi. I will blog about China until the trip to Berlin, so I hope you want to follow up!
So after the atelier, our next activity was a trip to the countryside of Guangzhou. It was different from the city life in China that I have gotten so used to, but it was magnific. A river flowing through the whole village with old tree boats made me feel like being in a Chinese Venezia.
I feel like a village like this represents the old China, before the skyscrapers, blocks, etc., but not entirely of course. People were sitting on the street selling fruits and different kinds of food. When we were on the boat we tasted something directly translated to english called “two-layers-milk”, and oh, that was yummy. It is the white thing you see in a bowl on the board in the picture below.
And the fruit on the picture underneath is so good. I am not sure what it is called in english, and I don´t know how to spell it in Chinese, but it is something like “wangpì” in Cantonese pronunciation. Many Chinese people don´t like this fruit because of the sourness, but it is that mix of sour and sweet that I really like about it. Warning though, there are like 3-4 stones in one fruit, so many also think they are annoying to eat.
We spent half the day in the village and after we went to a restaurant to eat. Before we got to the restaurant we stopped by a fruit stand where they sold a weird fruit that turned out to be delicious. Directly translated it is called “big-tree-pineapple”. By look it is easy to confuse with durian, but this fruit doesn’t smell as much and alike, and it kind of tastes like banana, but with another texture.
The summer 2015 was a year filled with travelling. I had always dreamed about going on a language travel with a bunch of other teenagers, and this summer my dream came true. It was a bit expensive though, and to be honest I am not sure if it was really worth that much money. Don’t get me wrong, I had a splendid summer with lots of memories and friends!
Since I had chosen the EF action learning, I had english classes everyday until lunch time. Normally we ate lunch in the cafeteria or we could sign up for either excursions or other restaurants by lunch time. If we wanted to stay at the resort we usually hung around the pool or at the beach.
The sunsets and sunrises at Cocoa Beach were beautiful. They were so splendid that we voluntarily woke up at 6 am just to see the sunrise. This was one of the things I loved the most about Florida! We also had the tropical storm that hits Florida everyday around 6pm. It was really cool to look at the warm rain pour down, unless you were at the beach. Especially the thunder storms were crazy here, lightening up the skies the first day we arrived.
We also went on many excursion. I didn´t sign up to them all, but I signed up for the ones that I found the most interesting. I went to Disneyland, Universal Studios, alligator river, shopping malls, surfing, baseball game etc. I also got to experience the 4th of July, their independence day which was cool. There were always yellow school buses that waited for us and drove us around. It first seemed very cool until I learnt how uncomfortable the seats were after hours in the bus, haha.
Even though we just stayed for 3-4 weeks, it was really sad leaving this little adventure. The first time I had travelled alone without my family. I made friends, memories and experiences that I will always remember and keep with my for hopefully the rest of my life. I also learnt so much, and a little by little I have understood that traveling is very important for growth and knowledge about the world, others and yourself.
I just want to say that I am really grateful getting to experience what I did, and travel as much as I am allowed to. Thank you.