Conclusions - Day 9 (March 11, 2007)
In conclusion…the Study Tour participants had these thoughts as they returned to the U.S. on Sunday.
“The market that we went to this morning [called Panjia Yuan], was amazing. It was something like an American flea market and had all sorts of antique-looking Chinese trinkets: jewelry, pottery, carved sculpture and all sorts of other neat items. It was fun to just race through trying to find out what we all wanted since we had limited time because we were leaving Beijing for home in the afternoon. It’s crazy to think that we will be living in Sunday, March 11 for 37 hours!”
“Today we went to another market place and bought even more stuff. Then we went to a tea shop and bought some tea, checked out of our hotel and headed for the airport. We leave China with more luggage, more friends, and a better vocabulary in Chinese (Wudaokou!) than when we came. All in all, a pretty sweet experience.”
“This has quite literally been the longest day of my life! It began at 8 a.m. when I woke up to pack and eat breakfast. After a quick stop at Starbucks and an ATM we were ready to get back to bargaining at a market. One of the more popular items to purchase was a statue of a Buddha that we could rub for good luck before all of our Holy Cross exams. After the market we enjoyed our last meal in China and got ready to leave for the airport. We were all very sad to have the trip come to an end. Visiting China was a wonderful experience and we had a great group of travelers to share the time with.”
“The last day in China was very sad. At this point in the trip, everyone had become friends and we were having a fantastic time together. The constant teasing and laughter has spread among the students and the teachers. I can’t help but experience a bittersweet feeling, knowing that I will never experience China like this again. There is one thing I want to say to all of my new friends: I LOVE YOU ALL.”