On the day of departure to Beijing, I struggled out of my bed to the university to do my last exam early in the morning. Can you believe it? It is not even July yet and I am about to board the plane that would take me from the West to the East.
As time continued to tick, I was reminiscing of all the good as well as the bad things in the past two years. Before my friends and I knew it, we were already entering the last stage of our bachelor, as well as our last year of being together in the same class. It struck me more and more that I am leaving the past behind, and starting a new chapter or perhaps a new book? Will the discovery of my roots broaden my horizon or will it rewrite my purpose and path in life, and therefore a new book with a different story?
After a while of contemplating, it was time to set my focus on the present, future, and the Netherlands-Asia Honours Summer School. A key feature of being a student is probably being late, hence we took the group picture in front of our gate, with just a few minutes left to board.
It took nine hours to travel from the West to the East, but somehow it passed in a blink of an eye and felt like three to four hours. There were two truly funny movies in the entertainment section, namely: ‘Dirty Grandpa’ and ‘You Call it Passion’ in Korean. Dirty Grandpa will undoubtedly make you laugh, while ‘You Call it Passion’ will remind you that life has more meaning than the short-sighted view that many of us youngsters possess. Although the flight was swift and comfortable, the bus trip to Peking University felt like forever, the heat literally made me feel like a chicken in an oven.
Arriving at Peking University felt like heaven, unfortunately not because of the University but due to the air-conditioner at the reception of dorm three. The dorms at Peking University are surprisingly great, the room is pretty big, has an air-conditioner as well as a huge closet, and only one other roommate to share with. Sadly the units do not have a kitchen or fridge, so eating is always done outside and lukewarm is the new standard for drinks. The food at Peking University’s ten canteens are heavily subsidised making it affordable for everyone, the average price ranges between five to ten yuan which is equal to one or one and a half euro! Consequently, at the end of my stay in China, I will probably be round enough to roll myself back to the West.
Till the next adventure!