Kenia Alvarado Martinez: Rollercoaster of Emotions

It has almost been a month since I left the US to study in China and it has been a rollercoaster of emotions. Even though before I left, I read articles and watched videos to prepare me for travel it still wasn’t enough. Once I got here, I lost my bags, was irritated and exhausted and ready to crawl in a corner. It sounds bad but it could only go uphill from that moment on. Within these past few weeks I’ve done things I never expected to do back at home. I went out with people from G-MEO and from Chengdu. I dined on some pretty peculiar stuff like chicken feet and duck head which wasn’t bad. More than anything else I left home, my comfort zone for somewhere new.

Unfortunately, I know very little Chinese and still can’t get around to the farther places in Chengdu by myself but in some ways, it reminds me of home. It gives me a sense of peace when I can go to a cafe and study for hours on end with a cup of coffee. There are trees down every street which I am thankful for! The calmness of Chengdu is infectious and gives me the peace I need to enjoy myself and focus on my work. I’m thankful for the people I have met so far and the G-MEO staff for helping me to assimilate here in China.


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