Una Boricua y su Camara en China

August 30, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

I guess it’s true, “opposites attract.” Despite the little similarities between the Chinese culture, and my own, ever since I visited the world's most populous country, I’ve been secretly in love with it!

 

After a long 14hr flight, I was there in Beijing, China. Got to admit that, although I’ve been to Asia before, there was a special excitement about visiting China. Perhaps it was the unknownness of the vast country,  or it was because when growing up, China was, for the most part, used as a reference for the “unreachable.” China is so far away from my little hometown, that people believed ”it would be almost impossible to get there.” And yet, there I was. I had officially made it to the other side of the world, to “the unreachable.” 

During the ten day journey, I walked around uniquely and very distinctive architecture. I stood on a masterpiece of engineering, one of the Seven Wonders of the World,  The Great Wall. Tasted some of the most strange-looking, and at the same time, surprisingly-delicious meals of my life! And the most rewarding experience of all, I laughed and enjoyed time with people that despite the many demographic and linguistic differences, we found commonalities to enjoy the present moment, and to connect through simple acts of kindness.

 

China is a beautiful country, and also very contrasted. During my journey, I visited five cities; Beijing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou and Shanghai, each of them with their own unique beauty. Some cities were very technological and with a very fast moving pace, while others were very simple and calm. And there I was, in love with all its contrast at the same time.

 

So what did this  Boricua learn while on the other side of the world? I learned that it’s ok to jump (or in this case, to travel) to the unknown, the “unreachable,” and it is totally rewarding. I learned that it's ok to try funny-looking meals, because  you might actually be positively surprised by how good they are. I learned that speaking the same language is not necessary to connect with others, to find kindness and to trust again in humanity. I also learned, or better said, I finally understood that nothing is “unreachable;” not even the farthest country on the other side of the world. 

So yes, opposites do attract. The experience of visiting China sparked excitement and curiosity, and it was truly wonderful. It opened my eyes to a whole new world with so many possibilities, that it’s only a matter of time to go back to explore them. Until then… #MayePhotography

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