News from our Fall 2014 traveling dragons will be coming soon!
In the meantime, turn your attention to the blog of Fulbright Scholarship winner and UNCG/LIHC alumna Kelly Donovan.
Kelly is living and teaching on Kinmen, a tiny island close to mainland China but part of Taiwan.
Kelly has been updating her blog since April, when she first learned that she had won a Fulbright. Her blog is full of her sharp observations and her fun photos.
Especially insightful and of use to UNCG students is Kelly's blog post on what it took to win a Fulbright. Her advice touches on the pragmatic (start early!) and the sustaining (find cheerleaders, realize that rejection is not personal). The entire post is linked below and worth a read.
Kelly's blog is linked to the right under Dragons Abroad. Follow her and our other bloggers on their adventures!
Friday, September 19, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
|Tim-Tam and his human friend, Tabitha!|
G’Day mate from Tim-Tam in Townsville, Queensland, Australia! We really don’t say that here, but I just like the phrase in general. Me and my human friend, Tabitha, have been soaking up the sun and having many adventures in the land “Down Under.” Of course I can’t tell you everything, why, that would take years! But I shall include the favorite parts of our trip so far:
The first weekend we were here we got to visit Magnetic Island, which is right off the coast of Townsville. It was so beautiful! I have never seen water so blue before. While we were on the island, Tabitha was brave enough to touch some of the animals, including a huge snake! Me, I told the Ranger, no thank you. A dragon’s got to think of his safety!
|Tabitha bravely holding a snake!|
Monday, August 25, 2014
|Here we are looking out over Florence!|
|Chianti from Tuscany!|
|Our human friend Elizabeth in Pisa|
|Our other human friend Lacey pretending to have the strength of dragons!|
Our next weekend we went to Fiesole, Cinque Terre, and Venice.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Hello everyone! My name is Jordan Griffin and I'd like you to meet my faithful friend, Hong Hai'er (红孩儿). His name comes from a character in one of the four Chinese classics, Journey To The West, in which the Monkey King is confronted and nearly defeated by a child clothed in red, the Boy Sage King, who commands the power of fire, when the goddess Guanyin subdues him by bringing his hands together and forcing him to bow.
|Hong Hai'er crossing the Yangzi River, the longest in China and the 3rd longest in the world!|
|Judging a local English competition|
Beginning with a brief background, I'm living in a type of home-stay in Yangzhou (about 5 hours north of Shanghai where I'll be studying) with my good friend's family. He's an international student of ours at UNCG who I met when I asked to join him for lunch after seeing him eating alone in the caf one fateful day. One year and 2 trips to China later, here I am making this post and preparing for a year-long study of Chinese language in Shanghai! So if this isn't inspiration for you to get involved in our colorful international community here on campus, then I'm not sure what is. I have been here for about 3 months so far getting myself into wacky adventures and will begin school in about 1 month. You'll be hearing from me in another post after I've started school and can comment on that and I couldn't be more excited!
|Typical Chinese lunch|
|My home-stay family eating lunch|
I started my experience by moving in with my home-stay family. We soon visited our town's 东岳庙 Daoist temple and 个园, one of our city's most famous classical Chinese gardens.
|Jordan at the classical gardens|
|Daoist Temple of the God of Mount Tai 东岳庙|
|个园 Chinese classical garden|
I was soon approached by a friend of a friend of a friend (relationships/who you know, also known as 关系 (guan xi), is a crucial part of Chinese life, influencing everything from society, jobs, politics, and business) to participate in an episode of popular local television game show. The first of my media studies / asian studies double major is Media, so I was extremely interested in gaining first-hand experience in the Chinese media industry and getting a look at all the behind the scenes goodies and viewing the Chinese process of television production. I'd later be interviewed on another local television show after watching the action on set.
|Being prepped for recording.|
The sky really is the limit in China but the lesson here is to push your study abroad to the limit and never be afraid to ask questions; you'll open doors to unique opportunities you never even knew existed!
Monday, August 11, 2014
My name is Devlin, and my traveling companion is Miranda Weavil.
|A part of the Bristol, UK skyline fro the 5th floor balcony at the School of Chemistry Building.|
|The Bristol Suspension Bridge|
|The valley-view of the street our flat is on!|
|At the Bristol Harbor Festival|
|Me scoping out the view from Miranda's lab room window.|
|In the lab|
|In the lab|
I also snuck into Miranda's research lab to sneak a peak at where she worked everyday during the week. Fume hoods lined the walls of the lab with every chemical I could possibly think of hidden in the cabinets along the walls of the lab. I snuck a picture of the fume hood that Miranda worked at during her time at the University of Bristol. I am also hiding at her desk gazing up at an analysis from one of the samples run on ES400 NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) instrument.
|Relaxing by the River Thames|
|Miranda and I sharing secrets of the British Telephone Booth.|
London, England was our first weekend trip away from Bristol. Miranda and three of her flatmates joined me in our adventure to London. In our time there we got to visit Big Ben, several parliament buildings, Westminster Abbey for an Evening Song service, the London Eye, and several pubs. Fish and Chips are definitely good if not better than described! Each and every place we visited was not only amazing, but on par with a once in a lifetime opportunity. London is not a city in which we could cover all in one day. So I still have surprises that I will leave for another trip to England in the future!
|Enjoying a front-row seat to the London Skyline on the London Eye|
|The journey to Stonehenge|
|I complete Operation: Visit Stonehenge!|
|Miranda and our companions at Cardiff Castle|
|Clockwise from top left: Legend, Devlin, Alis, and Theodore.|
|Miranda at the Eiffel Tower|
|Miranda and I chill at the Louvre.|
|View from the Eiffel Tower|
In my weekend travels to Paris, France, I got to mark two things off my bucket list with Miranda: going to the Louvre Museum and going to the Eiffel Tower! In my lifetime I have admired the Eiffel Tower, but I didn't realize I would come up close and personal at this time in my life! In our exploration of the Eiffel Tower it was pouring down rain! The photo expresses Miranda's joy to be singing and danceing in the rain at the Eiffel Tower. Just after this Miranda hurt her ankle and I "carried" her the rest of the day. As a museum-lover, the Louvre Museum was always in my top five to visit. Miranda and I are sitting in front of the glass pyramid that has the enrance on the other side! The two hours and thirty minutes wait to get inside was worth it! The Mona Lisa painting and Minerva statues were only two of the vast array of art and history that I got to look at in the Louvre.
|Miranda's flatmates enjoying one of the events in Bristol|
Without further ado, Miranda and I bid you cheers and goodbye!
Miranda Weavil (story told by Devlin)
University of Bristol
Monday, August 4, 2014
|Cape town and Table Mountain from Lionshead|
|Hayley at the Cape of Good Hope|
|Hayley and Friends at the Cape Point|
|Muizenberg Beach Cabanas|
|A non-traditional African Dance Circle|
|Rich in Joy|
|Hayley and her Learning Sustainability and Community Engagement classmates|
|Paragliding off Signal Hill|
|Groot Contantia Wine Farm|
|Obligatory food photo.|
|"Kyasa" means A New Day in Xhosa|
|Hayley and friends on a sunrise hike in Stellenbosch|
The distribution of wealth exists all the way from the very bottom to the very top, and the variety of culture(s) exists all the way from the very left to the very right.
|Girls from Zimbabwe|
|The Grounds of Vision Afrika|
|Students at Vision Afrika|
With high regard to things that are rare and valuable, therefore able to be cherished and learned from, Madiba and I leave with only a handful of things to pinpoint about a typical South African. Generally speaking, typical South Africans are able to work through their history whilst not remaining defined by it, they are some of the hardest working people on the entire planet whilst doing so, and because of this hard work typical South Africans thoroughly enjoy to enjoy one another.
|Enjoying one another|
The Sustainability Institute
Stellenbosch, South Africa