Now Chiara and I(Clemens)
have already spent almost 5 months here in China. We have experienced so many
different things, and we have learned so much. Everyone has welcomed me with
open arms and been nothing but kind. We have a great school, great families and
a very nice life here.
As I said, my family is so
nice, and they are taking very good care of me. I have a mother, father and
brother, who is the same age as me. My brother goes to the same school as me. We
live in an apartment close to the school.
My family have been so kind
to take me on many trips. We have visited some big cities like Changsha or
Hefei, but we have also visited some smaller and very old Chinese cities. It is
always really fun to be on trips with them. We get to try lots of new and
interesting foods, and we always see some really cool old Chinese temples and
other things like that. All in all, I get very well along with my family, and I
like to think they get very well along with me too.
This is me and my family visiting Hongcun.
This is me and my brother Wan visiting the
Yellow Crane Tower.
This is me and my family having a christmas
I had a good time with my family. They took me for trips, or we went to the
cinema together. Though my host siblings are smaller than me, we get along well.
They help me whenever I found something weird or I don’t know how to act and I offer
to help them with their English homework. On Christmas Eve, they even decorated
the house and celebrate Christmas for me, even if it is not a thing in Chinese
culture. I shared a little of my own culture cooking the Christmas dinner. I
wish they would like it.
This is me and my family
This is me sharing my
This is my Christmas
party at home.
We are with the exchange
student organization called AFS, and that is also really great. AFS helps me
and Chiara a lot. They also arranged a big cultural trip to Yunan, and that was
super fun. It lasted for a week and we were over 100 students on the trip, I
think so at least. So, AFS arrange lots of fun activities for us here in China,
and they have made 2018 a lot more fun.
This is me and my friends in Yunan.
We go to Maanshan number 2
high school and it is really great. We have normal Chinese classes until lunch.
After lunch Chiara and I have private classes arranged by the school. It is
honestly just great with these classes, they are so helpful, and the teachers
are very nice. Monday, Tuesday and Friday we have Chinese classes. It is very
much needed I must say, I am not very skilled in terms of Chinese language yet.
Wednesday we have go-game class, which is really fun too. Then we have art
class on Thursday.
This is me and Chiara in Chinese class
This is me and Chiara and 2 teachers have a
This is me and Chiara in art class
This is me and Chiara learning making
dumplines in class.
Our school also have
different activities for the students. Of course, there are the school clubs,
which all the grade 1-2 students can join. During the first month in the
school. The student counsel arranged a tour around the school for all the
first-year students. Since it is a really big beautiful school, it is a really
good idea. We had already had 2 tours of the school, but we think all the
students really liked it.
But I do think the biggest
school activity I have been a part of, is properly the school’s annual
sports-meeting. It was a whole weekend in the spirit of sports. There was a
half day just with dancing. There was a lot of running as well. I actually took
part in some of the running competitions myself. Furthermore, there were also
many other athletics competitions and I really liked them.
This is me and Chiara and giving a opening
speech at our school.
This is me running at the sports-meeting.
This is Chiara dancing at the sports-meeting.
These almost 6 months of
2018 here in China has been great. We have had so much fun here, and we have
learned so much. We also hope our family and classmates are as glad for having us,
as we are for being here. So, right now we hope and wish for our family and