Tag Archives: ymca

giant panda sculpture on roof of IFS building

Visiting the Sculpture Garden

In the heart of Chengdu sits the YMCA. Over one hundred years old, it looks a little out of place in comparison to the sky-scraping apartments and shopping centers that…

red lantern during Chinese New Year

Preparing for Chinese New Year

I apologize for my lack of blog posts for the past few weeks. I have been under the weather, and pretty badly so. My blog may seem a little outdated…

Blake holds a crab; crab on plate

Sushi, Sashimi, and Shrimp at the Shangri La

Because Chinese New Year officially begins on 2.18.2015, many of our new friends are preparing to fly home for the holiday. As a treat and a thank-you from the YMCA,…

Chengdu from balcony; group of friends

Chengdu: The Real City That Never Sleeps

Sleep? What’s that? This past week has been a busy one with all the hustle and bustle surrounding the ongoing Spring Festival festivities and the highly anticipated Chinese New Year!…

Blake teaches an older lady English

Finding Community in Lianhua

  Every Tuesday and Thursday for the past two weeks, Hannah and I have been instructing English at the YMCA/YWCA Lianhua Community Center. Our projects have mostly been directed towards…

One of the classes that Barbara teaches in China

How to Toboggan Down the Great Wall of China

Sorry that it has been so long since my last blog. It’s not easy to find spare time these days! Between teaching, homework, exploring, and sleeping, I have little time…

Busy Little Bee

These last couple weeks have been hectic. Not only have we had changes in our schedule, but I teach 18 different classes every week. I love the challenge of coming…

Time Flies!

Hey guys! Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while. I lost internet for a few days, and then my adapter decided to conveniently break, but here I am again! I…

Taking it All in!

Every day in China is a new experience! I try different foods, go to new places, and see different things. I’m not going to lie, the best thing about China…

The Road to China

  First off, my name is Barbara Simon and I attend the Cattaraugus County campus. I graduated from Olean High in 2011 and JCC seemed like a good fit for…