ISEP student Yusemi M. is a part of ISEP Voices Spring 2016. She is a first generation college student from University of North Georgia, and is currently studying abroad at Sichuan University in China.
This year was my first time being away from home for my birthday. I honestly haven’t been homesick the whole time I have been here in China. Moving from place to place has been the norm for me for so long, that being in China has been no problem at all for me. I suppose I can thank my dad’s military career for that! The military lifestyle taught me to never get attached to places; instead, you should just remember the good times from that place and look forward to the new adventures. With that being said, since I am no longer a teenager and the big two-oh has arrived, I decided to go on an adventure.
This time, I decided to travel north to see Jiuzhai Gou for myself. Ever since I got to China, everyone has kept telling me about this place. My roommate went on for an hour about how she thinks this is probably the most beautiful place she’s ever been to. Jiuzhai Gou is a nature reserve on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau.
I had a blast at Jiuzhai Gou, but the trip there definitely had some ups and downs. Chengdu is about 300 miles away from Jiuzhai Gou; so it should be approximately a seven hour drive. Well, it ended up being a 13 hour drive. The bus made an unimaginable amount of stops in hopes we would buy things at all the different shops. It literally took a whole day to get there and a whole day to get back. It was quite frustrating, but when I look back at all the photos, I remember how beautiful Jiuzhai Gou was. I would do it all over again just to see this place one more time.
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