We know that we've been gone for quite some time (jk) not just quite some time, we've been inactive for three months! We're really sorry for that but it's because we went to Xiamen, China! We went there on March 31 and came back last week! Pretty crazy, but we really did stay there for that long. It wasn't just any other tour, it was a study tour. You might think that that wouldn't be fun at all, but it was actually a really great experience. We got to familiarize ourselves with dorm life, being independent, wandering around a foreign country on our own, making new friends, conversing with others in a language you're not great at, and much more. Although it could get tiring and a little stressful at times, it was certainly an enriching experience.
Audrey: On my first day there, I remember thinking that the campus was huge and that I'd get lost in it everyday. I also remember being really exhausted when I got there after waking up having gotten nearly no sleep, and as I placed the luggage by my bed, I instantly flopped down onto the mattress covered in amusing green sheets that reminded me of green tea or matcha ice cream. I regretted that. The mattress was very thin, therefore I, jumping onto the bed, expecting it to be as bouncy as my bed back home, was thoroughly disappointed and also in pain. I also remember having this bruise on my hip because I was clumsy and had fallen, and it made sleeping on that bed seem like torture. Nevertheless, I grew used to the dorm beds, and they became the most comfortable thing I could find in China. It wasn't long before I started referring to my dorm room as "home", and to me, it really did feel like it. My dorm room inevitably became my home in China.
Even though it was a study tour, it was one of the best trips we've had! Studying wasn't stressful there and honestly you don't have to take it seriously haha. It's so fun because there's a lot of free time wherein you could just go out with your friends and go to the night market, cafes, restaurants and mall nearby!
One of the best parts of the tour was meeting new people! We met a lot of new and awesome friends there. Like seriously it's heartbreaking that we had to separate and return to the Philippines! This was truly an unforgettable experience!
Here are some of the pictures we took! :)
|Performance day :)|
|Umbrella dance x Fan dance|
|Signs Tea at Laughings Cafe :)|
|Wuyishan Adventure Day 2 :)|
|At a milk tea shop located in the night market|
|Wuyishan Day 1 with my roomie :)|
|Feeding pigs and monkeys at an amusement park :)|
|Room 104 ever|
|Beryl's best friend HAHAHA sorry Andrea|
|At a random temple :)|
|Heading back to the campus|
|Beryl, Nadine, Audrey and Andrea|
|Dress day at SM :)|
|Zhongshanlu with roomies (with a cameraman HAHA)|
Another gorgeous temple
Just a little Xiamen culture
Day 1 antics
Drinking one of the many milk teas I've had during my stay
Sunset in Xiamen
Shopping at Zhongshanlu
This cute little flower shop at Zhongshanlu
So cute, right?
What I do every break: take selfies, lots of them
Enjoying ice cream from this chemistry themed shop
River rafting at Wuyishan
Another one of the many temples we visited
A maze on water
Audrey's Wushu teacher
Eating Japanese food in China because why not?
Xiamen in our hearts
We've had a lot of experiences in Xiamen that are so meaningful and can't ever be fully expressed in photos. This has honestly been the best summer we've had, and the most memorable one. It felt like the trip was over way too quickly, but in that short span of time, we've experienced so much, learned so much. Xiamen will forever be in our hearts.