July 29, 2000
The traffic and the pollution was confusing. But the strangest thing was the stares of Chinese locals, amazed to see anyone who failed to fit the usual look of; yellow complexions, brown eyes, and straight black hair. Walking the streets reminded me of my status as a foreigner in this exotic land. I was someone different, experiencing this unique Chinese city.
Just then a young Frenchman jumped into the elevator and confirmed our suspicions.
"There is a party indeed and the French are the guests of honor! Please do join us," he shouted as he practically jumped out of the elevator into the arms of his French friends, who all yelled the name of a café, where there was a party to watch the game. It would be a big night, a great soccer match was on televison, France vs. Italy.
It was amazing to experience two different worlds in one country. Outside was the everyday life of the Chinese, where I was definitely a foriegner. Inside the university, I felt at home with the Americans and Europeans, watching a soccer game. Each was an interesting balance to the other, and a typical day in the life of a trekker.
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