Fact: China is NOT just a kind of plate.

February 21, 2012

OVERHEARD IN CHINA: “I just bought these Ray-Bans for 6 dollars, and the best part is I KNOW they are real, because they say “Made In USA” right on them!”

I walked on the Great Wall this week!

Wow, I love being able to say that. I have probably said that at least 100 times in the past three days, and I’m still not sick of saying so.  In fact, I’m going to say it again, right now.

I walked on the Great Wall this week!

Ahhhhh… So we have been in China with the Gould 9th grade class for the past 5 days, and there are so many things that I could put into a GLOG post that I don’t know where to start.  I have witnessed Gould students take pictures with strangers in front of a giant portrait of Mao Zedong, I watched as 47 Americans poured out of a public bus, like some kind of bizarre urban clown car, and I stood, jaw dropped open, as a student ate a fried pigeon.

And that was just yesterday.

I’ll share some pictures at the end of this GLOG so all of you out there in Glogland (Glogistan?  The Gloggery Coast?) can see a few things that I saw.  In the meantime, I think I will just create a list of some observations from this first segment of our time in China:

  • When we buy things in the US that say “Made in China”, they are.  Everything is made here.
  • Tiananmen Square is actually a rectangle.  Check it out on Google Earth.  I actually measured.
  • In any group of 37 students there will be an amazing range of comfort zones.  For some kids, eating parts of a sheep that make me blush to type is an adventure.  For others, not having their daily grilled cheese sandwich is new territory.
  • I am a foreigner here.  It’s pretty obvious when you see me in a crowd.
  • There is nowhere in Beijing, as far as I’VE seen, where there ISN’T a crowd.
  • Bicycles can carry an INSANE amount of stuff, including refrigerators, thousands of newspapers, and whole families.
  • Starbucks is actually a secret plan by aliens to take over the Earth.  They have infiltrated everywhere.
  • There is no translation in Chinese for the phrase “No Spitting.”
  • I’m glad they rejected the names “The Pretty Wall”, “The Above-Average Wall”, and “The Wall of Notable Size.”  It really IS “The Great Wall.”
  • Colin Penley is really cool to watch when he is speaking Chinese.  It’s like discovering a new part of someone, even if you knew it was already there.

I don’t know if I’ll be able to post next week’s GLOG, because given the travel schedule and my case of jet lag, I’m not sure exactly where I’ll be next Tuesday (it IS Tuesday today, isn’t it?).  I’ll give it a shot.  Next stop, Xi’an (winner of the award for Coolest City With Both an “X” And An Apostrophe In It’s Name”).

Oh, and by the way, I walked on the Great Wall this week!

Can you spot the non-Chinese people in this pic?

Brett Shifrin in the Forbidden City, taking a short break in the “Forbidden Hot Tub.”

Someone forgot the rest of their car at home….

3 Ninth-graders staying out of trouble on the Great Wall


One Response

  1. Avatar Lauren Morse says:

    Hi Skye, hope you and all of your friends are having an amazing time in China!! We are so happy you had this amazing opportunity to do this, we love you and can’t wait to hear all about it!! Love, Auntie Lauren

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