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I can't believe I am doing this!  Traveling half way across the world to China.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am proud that we have chosed to take part.  I am excited but also very nervous.  I like to be in control of my situation and I know that I have to let that go for this trip.  Arlene and Katie will take excellent care of us - I know this.  And we will have an amazing experience!  We will see things completely new and meet people completely new!  I hope that this trip helps culminate my learning and hard work throughout my program at St. Scholastica.  We have worked very hard to prepare for the trip through paper writing and presentations - are we ready??  We better be, because we leave in 2 days!

Bring it on, China!  :)

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06/16/2011

Nervous yet excited!

I can't believe I am doing this!  Traveling half way across the world to China.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am proud that we have chosed to take part.  I am excited but also very nervous.  I like to be in control of my situation and I know that I have to let that go for this trip.  Arlene and Katie will take excellent care of us - I know this.  And we will have an amazing experience!  We will see things completely new and meet people completely new!  I hope that this trip helps culminate my learning and hard work throughout my program at St. Scholastica.  We have worked very hard to prepare for the trip through paper writing and presentations - are we ready??  We better be, because we leave in 2 days!

Bring it on, China!  :)

04/09/2009

CSS Trip to China 12/26/2009 - 1/9/2010

If you are interested in the December 2009 study in China trip please contact Rick Revoir at rrevoir@css.edu or 218-723-6424.

Video of the Saints in China 08 - 09

With the help of my cousin, we've put together a collection of photos and reflections of our time in China. Enjoy the video!!!

02/23/2009

St. Scholastica Study in China December 25 - January 8, 2009

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01/17/2009

Wrap up

I'm back at school in my final semester.. but I'm missing China very much so... Especially its weather after this -50 degree stuff we've been having.

When I last left you all you were sitting at the edge of your seats wondering what happened after our Friday in Macau... that is... if you made it through my obnoxiously long blog :)

Anyway, that Saturday and Sunday were spent in a near by city called Shenzhen. This city was pretty amazing for this very interesting and basic fact: 30 years ago, this city had a population of around 150,000 and now--it's bigger than New York City!

After waking up early... we took a 2 hour bus ride to get there and stopped at a building where you could go to the top, to the 69 floor I believe, and take a look out to see the whole city. The view was amazing and stunning. I thought it funny, though, that when I looked right, there were many building and skyscrapers but when I looked left, there seemed to be nothing there, except little ponds or something--I couldn't really make it out. But none-the-less, it looked wonderful. Later that day we also went to a large electronics store... a very popular, large electronic stores. After roaming around the first two floors, my friends and I became overwhelmed and uninterested with what they were selling because it seemed like they were parts specific to motherboards and what not... we later then learned that anything we would have wanted was on the 3rd floor and up. That's okay though, God knows I don't need anymore electronics, that's for sure! And also that day, we went to this wonderful tourist park where we got to walk around and take part in a lot of pictures. Pictures that we took of ourselves and pictures that other had taken of us. It seems as though the Caucasian race is not one they had seen very often, but never-the-less, we amused them and participated in their picture taking. Some even got in the pictures with us. I was definitely amused. After a fun filled day, we retreated to our "interesting" hotel. Here we ate supper and hung out as a group--some of the Koreans even got a message at the hotel. Our group didn't participate because we were promised those back in Zhuhai.

The next day, Sunday, we went to Splendid China... which is a theme park that shows the different aspects of China. I believe it was referred to as Little China. We went to the Great Wall of China... granted you could walk this one in 15 minutes, but it was still nice to see a replica of it. We walked all around and ended with most of the group taking pictures with Chinese clothing on. Everyone looked wonderful in their new style of clothing, and Samarah even looked a little Chinese, no joke. After Splendid China, we headed home. Sunday evening we went to a message parlor in town and received a two hour full body message for a mere $55 yuan. I would like to point out that the conversion into american dollars is a little less than $8!!! Some of us got cupping done... I being one of them--sort of. I let the woman put two of them on me--but I was just too uncomfortable and told her to finish with those and then I would be done. However, I feel I should have kept going because the top part of my back felt wonderful the next day. Sigh, oh well, maybe next time.

Monday was our last full day in Zhuhai and we spent the day going on an historical tour of the city. I was sad to say that I didn't feel very well the whole day but tried to participate as much as possible. Our first stop was at a village where we got to see various animals walking around and the families even doing their laundry in the streets. I took many pictures and was amazed at how they lived--in such close proximity to each other--side by side. After spending some time walking around, we caught a bit of a show. I don't remember what it was called, but it was a guy who was basically doing a magic trick. I didn't really catch on right away but after a while I noticed that his masks kept changing in a flash of a milisecond. He would raise and lower his arm and bam! it had changed. I'm assuming all the masks were kept up in his headdress, but I honestly don't know. We also visited, what we called the Lady of the Lake... however, the real translation is the Zhuhai Pearl Lady I believe. She was amazing and beautiful and just a little bit off the shore. Some of us had visited her at night and when we walked out to her, the waves would lightly splash on us. After visiting her, we went to the fish market. I was not brave enough to look around as I was not feeling well, but I heard all about what was inside. Huge oysters, lobsters and of course fish. And the not so appealing stuff, like dogs, cats, and goats. I wasn't so pleased to see those pictures as I wanted to save all of them and keep them for myself, as pets... and not as food. After the fish market, we headed to a palace for the remainder of the tour.  Upon getting there we got to see the second half of a show. I couldn't understand it but there was a beautiful woman who got married... and upon getting married, she had to give gifts to those around her. I'm not sure of the significance, but it was nice to see all the costumes and the dancing. We walked around this whole place and even participated in this maze--and in the middle was a refreshing stone arch thing where we all sat and talked for a little while. Sometimes its good just to take everything in and sit there and look at what has been so greatly laid before you. Who knew, during my senior year of college, I would be in China?

Tuesday we were headed back to Hong Kong. I was sad to go and our Chinese friends and leaders were sad to see us go--as some tears were shed by some of our group and some of them. They said they would come visit us in the states--so we're going to keep them to their word. Luckily for facebook we can keep in wonderful contact with them. Once back in Hong Kong, a lot of us were exhausted from the whole trip over and just going, going, going everyday--we just needed a long nap--in which most of us participated. We woke up in time for supper. Blake, Abby and I ate in the middle of the street at the night market. It was a great experience (minus the drunken german men next to us who thought they were better than everyone else in the world). Before and after supper we shopped around for some last minute souvenirs and then made our way--after many hours at the market--back to the hotel.

Sadly, our time is up in China and we made it back safely--and if you haven't heard--we made it back by means of flying business class!!!!! Basically, our flight was overbooked and we had to be rerouted--and to compensate us for the trouble, we were given business class. Let me tell you, once you go business, you never go back. I had a very peaceful and relaxing flight home I can't even begin to explain it.

After trying to get back on Central time--which I'm not succeeding at this very moment--I can honestly say that my time in China was amazing and I definitely hope to go back some day... Mainly, to check out the other popular cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai--and to visit those who I've met during my time here!

Final thoughts:

I was definitely blessed to have this opportunity and am grateful to those who I met in China and grateful for those who traveled with me. I couldn't have asked for a better group of companions and I definitely hope this J Term China study abroad continues because I will definitely recommend it to everyone!

Thank you for reading.

Wendy

01/06/2009

Upon a departure

There is a new excitment among everybody as they gather in the lobby of the hotel with their luggage for the trip home. There is excitment, but nobody really wants leave I don't think. China has been a welcoming place to us, and our time here seemed far too short. As friends from Zhuhai, new and old, line up to say their goodbyes. They are very sad that we have to leave so soon, and are also sad that they couldn't have spent more time with each of us due to their final exams. Although they couldn't spend more time with us, we were all extremely greatfull for the time they did get to spend with us. If it wasn't for our Chinese friends we would have been almost be completely lost on what to do in Zhuhai and the school. We are all so happy we met them! With Hong Kong in the future along with an painfully long plane ride, we prepare ourselves for the journey home. Now as we sit, or lay, on the ferry I can't help looking back at Zhuhai and wondering if I will ever meet the people we've encountered, or see the beautiful green city by the sea again. I know I will miss it and hope I can return someday. Chad Schrandt

April 2014

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