And, we're back!
Whewww! What a whirlwind these last few weeks have been! Kel and I officially survived our trip from China. We could not be more thankful for the opportunity to get to dance throughout the country - we were able to visit small rural towns and some of the biggest cities in the world. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Thank you for being patient with us as we had very limited internet access while we were gone. As you know, China is a communist country so accessing websites like Squarespace (our hosting site), Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were not allowed. I had to send many of my pics to Andrew (the best husband ever) to post to my page for me.
A few thoughts on China:
- The food is very different than in the US. Not in a bad way necessarily, but if you ever travel there be prepared for major culture shock. I think I only ate carbs the entire time - rice and noodles.
- The people and culture are inspiring. They're respectful, courteous, and incredibly giving. Everywhere we went, we were treated with the regions best foods (even if that meant there were caterpillars stuck to the broccoli or fried fish with eyeballs and teeth still intact.) In all seriousness, I hope to be more like the people we met.
- The big cities are AMAZING. We only had one day in Shanghai but it was enough to make me want to go back. Shanghai was like New York City on steroids. But, then again, I love big cities. I love the energy, the atmosphere, the culture, all of it! When I go back to China someday, I'll be sure to visit Hong Kong (heard great things about it) and Beijing too.
- The fashion. OMG. The fashion in China is on point. I loved the patterns, colors and shapes the Chinese women wore. The trends I repeatedly saw were short, yet full, skirts, long sleeve sweaters/shirts, platform heels and sneakers.
- The Air. Cough-city. The air in China is bad, like really bad. Like the world is going through major global warming and you can literally see it happening in China. It was hard to breathe while we were dancing at the games because everyone smokes. It seemed like the entire time there we couldn't get a deep, solid breath of air. China really needs to do something about the air. It's a huge problem.
Anyway, below are a few pics from our trip (click through the gallery.) We'll post more details in the next few days.