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China 2018 Intro

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving.”

The way that I interpret this quote as the old saying goes, “It is about the journey, not the destination”. I think that this means that for me, I have be accepting of the idea that I cannot fully prepare for what is to come in the future of this trip and other things outside of this trip. Things won’t go the way that they are planned, and this is often where the best memories are made (I know this to be true from personal experience). One thing that is difficult to do when talking about this quote is being able to instead of just having a specific plan in order to make memories have a memory about making plans. What I mean by this is how going back to how it is about the journey and not the destination. I think that I am adopting this principle with having only a thin outline of how this trip is going to go in my head. Also, I think that I will use this mentality when we are just walking around when we really don’t have any fixed plans. I will attempt to immerse myself in the culture, and with that, I will be able to start conversations and experiences that there will be no way that I can prepare for. I am extremely excited for this trip!

My name is Matt Biggers and I am a sophomore at Vail Mountain School. I decided to take this course because I have a love for the Chinese language Mandarin and it’s culture. I am very excited to be able to learn about the Chinese history, as they have such a rich one. I am excited to be able to compare the difference of life in the city in China as opposed to that of in a rural village life. I am curious to see if it is like that of here in Colorado, or if there are any differences. I am very excited to also just spend time with my peers and have a great time in China.