We are so lazy

Trip Start Mar 21, 2012
Trip End Apr 11, 2012

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Flag of China  , Shandong,
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Before I came here I had many preconceived ideas about this country. Studying the Chinese culture in social psychology almost gave me a negative viewpoint on their way of life, I just couldn't understand why so many things were banned, certain subjects were not taught and why they were so sheltered to many things happening in the world. I imagined everyone to be miserable and quite serious for some reason and now I see that I was actually quite ignorant to expect this. I have never felt so looked after in a country, they have done literally everything in their power to make sure we are content going out of their way to ensure we see all the sights and have all the experiences. Everyone was allocated a buddy, we all go out together in groups and other people's buddies look after us just as much as our own do. They are very happy people and extremely welcoming, they don't get mad when you can't speak their language, infact most find it hilariously funny that you even attempt it. From talking to them I have found that family play a huge role in their lives, the families beliefs are a major influence and seem respected and the norm here. I have been told that many girls are not allowed boyfriends until university and it is important that if you are a student you dress as a student and not as a woman. Their innocence is quite endearing, I realise that they are potentially naive but I don't think this is necessarily a negative. The girls are encouraged to solely focus on education, at first I thought this must mean they are always bored but I don't think they have time to be bored with all that they get up to. They tend to not be big party animals either, they choose not to drink alcohol and prefer to have innocent fun, I have never played so many silly games since being here, I surprised myself by how much I laugh when I'm around them. Sometimes I think maybe we've adapted to a very negative way of thinking and have a certain mentality now to judge and criticise people. There hasn't been a day here when I haven't been complimented for something, back home I'd never think of complimenting a stranger, as bad as it sounds I'd be more likely to take the piss than compliment. I kinda understand now why the country restricts media etc, I'm not saying its right or wrong but its obviously keeping people blind from things that just aren't very nice, it must in a way reduce alot of problems. 

'Life gives you a thousand reasons to cry, so show life you have a thousand reasons to smile'  
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Ruth on

Blimey Kieta

This is a very thoughtful and insightful post you have written...it seems China is very good for you (and good to you!) and your English writing skills too!

Kieta Bennetts - the new Kerry Bradshaw - eat your heart out!

Ps hope that didn't sound patronising as that is definitely not my intention. Keep'm coming we're all really enjoying your posts.

Ruth xx

kieta on

lol I love how you and dad assume because I can't speak in sentences that I can't write either haha. I'm trying to keep them coming but I keep having lots of lessons in the day so I never end up doing anything because my brain aches too much lol.

Ruth on

Well I try my best not to assume anything.
All good stuff and you will have to teach us some of what you learn when you get back too.
Hope you're having fun xx

Veronica Salmons on

Hi Kieta!
I got a link to your travel adventure from Ruth, and have followed itsince!
I must say I really enjoy reading your "letters/bloggs" whatevertheyarecalled, I sit here in Sweden (we have buy the way snowstorm now and around five cm of snow outside!) and chuckle a lot. (Not because of the snow, but when I read your letters).
Fantastic travel you are doing and great experience it seems. It is really one of the best ways to get to know yourself and your own culture to travel and visit others and learn their way of life!
All the best!/ Veronica

kieta on

hey Veronica, sorry for the late reply, for the last few days in China I had no internet connection and since I've been back I haven't had the chance to do anything, been such a rush! Glad you enjoyed my little blog, i have alot of blogging to back date, thankyou for reading! shame about the snowstorms, can you go skiing or anything where you are? hope everythings all good xx

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