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Dragons students hand-carving a dugout canoe. Photo by Micah LeMasters, Indonesia Semester.

First week

I have been in China for a bit over a week but it feels like much longer. It has been really amazing and crazy. I met my host mom as well as the only other person in my program and they are both quite amazing. I’m currently in Yiliang, a town outside of Kunming to celebrate Chinese New Year. It’s called a town but its more of a small city, it has a very different vibe from Kunming, calmer and less chaotic. Speaking of chaotic the Coronavirus had sort of taken over my life, everyone is in slight panic mode over the virus, we have to wear masks outside all the time and be more careful of everything, it hasn’t changed life too much though. The photo I am posting is of green lake, where my embroidery class takes place, its a really beautiful area.