Arrival day in Beijing for the Health and Human Services (HHS) international experience course to China. It has been a whirlwind of dates and times already: an early, just-on-time and late arrival.

That said, apart from the jet lag and at least one story of an overly expensive taxi ride, everyone arrived safely and there is excitement in the air. 

Many of the students who arrived early have already had a few adventures in this great city and navigated the area in groups by public transit, so they’ve been great mentors of sorts to the incoming students. It also helps that the weather has been nice (about 71 degrees Fahrenheit) and the hotel is in a great transit location.

Tomorrow is our first full day together. We’ll experience some cultural sights to introduce a bit of Chinese history, check out Yaxiu Market, and get up close and personal with one of my favorite activites: foot massages! Coming from disciplines under the SDSU College of Health & Human Services, especially after walking around all day, I think every student can appreciate this.

I plan to make sure that we take out first official group photo to send to you all as you follow us on this journey. (Update: mission accomplished, see photo above!) Now it’s off to fight the jet lag and get ready for an 8:30 a.m. gathering in the lobby tomorrow. We’ve got a busy day ahead of us.

All the best,

Ine Williams

This post is part of a series of guest blogs from Ine Williams, Study Abroad Advisor at the International Student Center and group leader of the spring 2015 HHS 350 course to China.

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