China | My Family Travels
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                About a year and a half ago I traveled with my school to China. We started our journey on April 16th, 2008. I was leaving my friends and family for 16 days. It all started our with a 14 hour plane ride to Hong Kong, China. I knew that what felt like a dream, was really the reality when all I could hear was hundreds of Chinese people talking in Mandarin. I felt like I was on a totally different planet. Everything was extremely different from the United States.

For the first time in my life I was the only tall blonde, well other than the few that traveled with me. I was constantly thought as a “movie star” to the natives. The Chinese boys would come up to me and ask to take a picture with me. One funny thing was they all do the peace sign in their pictures just like us Americans. One of my biggest difficulties I had in china was dealing with my Asthma. China has a lot of pollution in the air, and because of the altitude their air is really thin. 
My favorite part about my trip to china was being able to climb The Great Wall of China. It was truly an experience I think everyone should have. Climbing 500 hundred steps up to this little stone house. The steps going up were all different heights. One step would be 2 inches tall and then the next one would be 2 feet tall. By the time I made it down 2 hours later my legs were shaking so bad I couldn’t even walk.
One night in Beijing my best friend and I were in this little cart being pulled by a guy on a bike down all these ally ways. It was the scariest time of my life. We were on our way to eat with a native Chinese family for dinner. We couldn’t really see where he was taking us since there was a tarp over the cart because of the pouring rain. I wasn’t too sure if I was even going to make it to my last meal. After a half hour of being terrified we finally made it to the family’s house. It turned out to be a wonderful meal and a good time. A whole bunch of us were sitting on these chairs maybe a foot off the ground at a little table laughing and telling stories.
China really opened up my horizon. I was able to try new food and see so many attractions. Usually at home I never try anything new, and in China I even tried raw jellyfish. I was so fortunate my father worked so hard to get the money to send me on this trip. This was a life alerting experience that made me want to travel the world.

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