We came to Beijing after a grueling 13 hour flight and were welcomed with open arms into a new family. My hosts, Jennifer and her parents, have been even more welcoming than I could have imagined. Even though the parents speak minimal english, they have done their absolute best to make me feel at home. On my first full day in the city Jennifer took Sammi, Rainbow, and I out to the local shopping strip which was full of authentic food and culture. We tried dishes ranging from octopus meatballs to ice cream in the shape of a rose. We even ate lunch in a cat cafe that had cats looking for homes roaming around the restaurant. My first day was amazing and in our short excursion into the city I learned so much about china’s enriching culture.