This post is a continuation of my journal entries from our six-week expedition to China this summer. If you didn’t read the introduction to this series, you can read it here.

Date: 7/3

Location: Jingshan Park (景山公园), Beijing (北京)

Dragons runs a “bridge year” program for students of Princeton University. One of our instructors invited Henry and Luis, American and Colombian students respectively, to share their homestay experiences with us in scenic Jingshan Park in Beijing. I acted as translator for our group. It was really interesting to hear their success and challenges/struggles during their seven-month-long homestay. One thing I learned was that it is vital to interact with your host family during and after dinnertime. By helping wash dishes, chop vegetables or serve food, you can gain a huge insight into Chinese culture, while acquiring the trust of your host family. By doing this, they’ll welcome you as one of their family.

Stay tuned for more journal entries! Check out the photos below.

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