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Hello, my name is Carey. I am in 9th grade, and of course, my favorite class is mandarin. I am excited to go to China because I want to improve my language skills and learn more about some of the other billions of people on this earth. I would like to learn more about culture, and obviously, the food culture. Also, my favorite animal is the cat so I would like to learn more about the cats in China.

The quote “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving,” means to me that the traveler is open to learning new things through plans that are not set in stone. Following this principle to me would be a little different than what I am used to. I like knowing what to expect what to prepare myself for. However, I am very excited to learn new skills, one of which will be adapting to new plans. I think that this will help me improve my openness to new ideas and experiences. I feel that going on this trip is already following the principles of this quote, as I do not really know what to expect. This makes me very excited, knowing that very exciting things can be in my near future.