茉莉花 the Globetrotter

6.11.2012

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A good amount of my friends have ventured over the Atlantic to explore France, Spain or one of the neighboring European countries. And in recent years, trips to Africa have become more common, with several of my friend's families spending their summers on safaris or doing missionary work. That being said, very few people I know have made their way across the Pacific, at least past Hawaii. I can't say it's on the top of my travel to-do list, but there is an element of intrigue about this country with densely populated cities, the practically cryptic language, its rich history, and tradition-driven society. As part of Mollie fulfilling her minor in Chinese at SMU, she chose to spend two months of her summer in China, traveling part of the time with her boyfriend, Simon, and his family and part of the time with the school program. She hasn't been there but a few days, yet it's already made quite the impact. I hope she doesn't mind my using her email on her globetrotting experience thus far as blog material. I can't resist; my Austin adventures aren't nearly as exciting/interesting as hers!

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{mollie at simon's memorial graduation}
She experienced one of the worst traveling tragedies there is--the airline lost one of her bags. And to boot, it was packed with all her shoes and cosmetics. It's one thing when your bag is lost on a domestic flight, where the likelihood of a Macy's or at least a Target is high. But, over there, they don't make shoes larger than a size seven due to the foot-binding custom, so, for now, she's stuck with the Converse she boarded the plane with. She's making the most of it, but I sure would feel even farther from home without my Almay Make-up Pads and shampoo. Other than that minor glitch, she reported lots of staring natives, people swarming to take pictures with her, the heavily polluted air, no AC, no English, and the heavy emphasis on hospitality towards guests.

So, while my sister just left behind her culture shock, Mo Li (her Chinese name) is just now beginning her adventure. I cannot wait to hear about the rest of her stay and am selfishly hoping the time flies by while she's gone!

1 comments:

mariana said...

hey, Molly! lovely post as alwayyys, I sent you an email, if you could check it out it would be amazing :)
take care!