Holy Cross, Meet Chinese BBQ

You all probably think this is a food blog by now!  However, I really feel that it is necessary to include these pics from my trip to get chinese bbq in the middle of the night!

We started with some seafood and gradually moved to mouth watering skewers of lamb, chicken, beef, potato and more

The experience was exactly what I pictured study abroad would be like before arriving here: gathered around a table with some of my closest friends, both American and Chinese, sharing delicious food, speaking in Chinglish, and laughing and learning about each other.  Moments like these make studying in China absolutely invaluable to me!


I’m Addicted to Tea

I’ll be the first to admit that living in China for the past 7 months has made me completely addicted to bubble tea… but part of the fun of studying abroad is trying new things right? On top of that, you can buy a large bubble tea here for on average $2 USD which is basically a steal!

My two favorite places for bubble tea so far are Coco and Yi Dian Dian, however I recently tried the up and coming LeLeCha’s pineapple tea, which was so life changing that I actually decided to do an entire project on it for my international marketing class!  LeLeCha’s products are so delicious and marketed so well that they can charge upwards of TWICE what a tea costs at competing firms….craziness, I know, but so good!

my precious pineapple tea from LeLeCha

Quick Update on Shanghai so far…

Shanghai is very different from Beijing in many ways, in terms of city vibe, history, aesthetics, food, and especially in my case, academics.  I wanted to quickly highlight how CET Shanghai is different from CET Beijing so far…

The most noticeable difference is immediately the absence of the language pledge.  While speaking Chinese is encouraged, and there is daily Chinese class, the language requirements in Shanghai are much more relaxed in comparison to Beijing’s program.  This is in order to take elective classes in English and to compensate for about a third of the students in the program who are learning Mandarin for the first time.  While it almost seemed relieving at first, I’ve found that I miss the challenge of constantly needing to use Chinese, and I try to push myself to practice as much as I can, and esp. with my Chinese roommate!

Class schedule – in Shanghai there are two tracks of academics one can choose from, the first being the track which includes an internship component and the second track excluding this element.  I chose to follow the internship track, which means taking 4 classes along with a part time internship.  Chinese class is for one hour daily (significantly less than in Beijing).  Outside of Chinese class, all other classes are three hours long and meet once a week.  One course is based around internship theory and explores working in a Chinese/international office environment.  My two chosen elective courses are International Marketing (which I love!) and the Chinese Economy.  CET Shanghai also offers options related to history, literature, and political science.

I think both programs have certain advantages and disadvantages, but I have found that I am really happy challenging myself and learning in both environments.  The class schedule here feels much more like being at an American college, leaving some days of the week really busy and others much more open; these are great days for clocking in hours at your internship or exploring the city!  I look forward to writing more about my internship and excursions in the near future 🙂

SHANGHAI TOP 10 (so far)

amazing noodles for $3
experiencing the energy of the lantern festival in Shanghai
street food at Tianzifang
Oriental Pearl Tower
Peppa Pig (China is obsessed and now I am too)
The Bund, even on foggy days like this
Yu Yuan Garden at night
architecture that makes me question if I’m even in China anymore
Nanjing Road, or as I like to say, the Times Square of Shanghai
new friends in Shanghai!