My alarm went off at 6am but I may or may not have hit the snooze button 2 or three times lol. My roommate made us oatmeal to start our day and I could not decide what to wear because we were going to go see PANDAS! And then when I actualized the thought I realized attempting to dress nice to impress the pandas was probably a bit extra, and that’s coming from me.
One of our helpers was able to get us a van to transport us and it’s been nice getting to look around at new scenery especially with this being our first day off since we began teaching and I could not think of a better thing to do besides PANDAS! When we arrived at the panda center we all quickly split up and soon I found myself feeling giddy at all of the red pandas and peacocks! We climbed all of the stairs until we finally found the panda sanctuaries. I had a front view of a panda eating Bamboo and my heart could not contain itself. Myself and others wandered and found the swan lake and rose gardens and soon all of us found another again and off to old town we go!
On the bus ride we discovered a microphone and soon the bus erupted in Beyoncé, Queen and Trap baby shark covers until we all fell asleep. Now when we arrived to old town we all found a restaurant where we could eat “family” style and of course, Jaleen, Jess, M’kaela and myself as the plant eaters sat together to eat our noodles, tofu and veggies. But during the dinner we found our table and the other one (we’re a large group so we typically sit in multiple tables/booths) having a ‘cheer’ off on who could cheers in more languages!! My table unfortunately lost this battle. Lol.
Afterwards we ventured into the stores to find souvenirs and noticed all of the wet individuals and realized that people were throwing water all on themselves. Honestly, I was fully ready to join. Soon Jess and I found ourselves split from the group and on a road where we discovered a seemingly abandoned amusement park. We ventured through it and discovered a bridge that went over to another town. Jess and I took the opportunity to get out of our comfort zone and head over. The town was quiet but beautiful, a man attempted to talk to us but unfortunately neither of us could communicate, we all thanked each other and went back on our way, soon we found ourselves going through an alley with trinkets and games.
By the time we realized it, it was time to go back and we were lost! We quickly looked at our surroundings and went with our guts to where we thought was our starting point. Soon we found the rest of the cohort and one of the helpers, Yong, who has given me a necklace with flowers. Everyone else had gotten souvenirs and participated in activities within the old town, and even though a part of me wishes I got to experience those too, I’m happy that I was able to experience something different and that we all could share in our different experiences. I know I’ll have more opportunities to join in those activities again, and that’s what I’m really excited for. China has so far been a series of endless possibilities and I am ready for all of them.