07 Aug Elisa,Italy
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“Suzhou, still one of my favorite traditional ancient Chinese town. Very close to Wuxi, it’s so pretty and full of history. I took my mum and friends when the came to visit and they also loved it.”
- When did you come to China the first time for the hotel internship? How long did you stay? What’s the name of your hotel placement?
I came in 2016, in August, the 22nd and stayed for a year, roughly. My Hotel Placement was the Radisson Blue Resort Wetland Park Wuxi.
- What was the best story from the last experience that you can share? And the worst?
I think there isn’t a best story. My time in China was a period of growth. Every obstacle, every smile, every lack of understanding, every reward led me to become the person I am today. Steve jobs used to say “we can’t connect the dots looking forward, we can only connect them looking backwards”. This to say that every small experience has played a huge role in the making of my best story. Coming to China, challenge myself and stay until the end was my best story.
- What did you learn from the last experience in China?
China has taught me the value of self-awareness by not giving everything for granted.
- What are the transferrable skills that you learned from last time in China?
– self awareness
- How much Mandarin did you learn from last time? And what’s your Mandarin level now? Do you think you will keep studying it?
I learnt a great deal of Chinese when I was there, enough to go around by myself. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep up studying Chinese since I left but I would like to visit China more often to practice more Chinese.
- What about Chinese food? Did you change your way of looking at Chinese food after you left China? What’s your favourite Chinese food?
Right now a good pot of noodles is the food I seek the most. There used to be a place close to the University which noodles were unbelievable. I’d put some meat, fresh green leaves, no spices. The taste was excellent. I can still smell the noodles from that place.
- What would you say to the future students thinking of coming to China for the same experience?
To be brave and open-minded. If the idea of going to China scares you, there you have the answer. Venturing yourself into something totally unexpected will turn your world around and if you look at the glass half full, it will be for the best.
- Name the top three travel destinations that you have visited while in China, and why?
– Yellow Mountains, was dragged by a friend at the beginning but as soon as we were on the actual trip I thanked my friend for taking me along. We hiked for 9 hours to reach the top. The beauty of this natural site was just overwhelming. It was such a good way to escape from the city and reconnect with simple things in life.
– Suzhou, still one of my favorite traditional ancient Chinese town. Very close to Wuxi, it’s so pretty and full of history. I took my mum and friends when the came to visit and they also loved it.