北京

Ahhhh, Beijing, China, the city with something old and something new all in one place. I only have about seven weeks here and I know with all my heart that I cannot experience this city all in just seven weeks. If that were to be my goal, I would surely fail. So instead, my goal is to simply learn as much as possible from my internship position and to enjoy myself along the way. It isn’t my first time here but I am always simply amazed by the whiff of an almost rancid sickly sweet smell whenever I turn the corner, the leisurely old people dancing at night in parks, the use of squat toilets, and the power of the USD here in this country. That is my broad sense of the city, my more in-tune sense of wonderment overpowers any level of minor discomfort I may have about some of the cultural differences in lifestyle between America and China.

I was lucky enough to be connected to someone who knew almost every ex-pat in Beijing by my Executive Director. I was able to visit the local Queer Space that was actually really close to my apartment. Finding a queer community in Beijing was something I thought would be hard to near to impossible. But I was lucky enough to meet some amazing queer community members here in Beijing. I was amazed at how active the ex-pat community was as well. There were always group invitations to hangouts such as Friday restaurant nights and Sunday movie nights. With the freedom and opportunity I have, I was able to freely explore and enjoy my time here in Beijing as I work for the Americans Promoting Study Abroad non-profit organization.

 

It’s good to be back.

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