After Tanzania, Ayla flew to The East. Beijing.
For about a week, she soaked in the usual–and the unusual–of China. The Great Wall? A Temple? You bet. But also scorpions on a stick and a police trolley car.
It’s China. Expect the unexpected.
One more pleasant surprise for Ayla was how many great friends she made–young adults from all over the world hanging together with the bonds of exploration!
My favorite thing about my world trip was that it was so diverse. Each place I traveled in a totally different way. In Malta I was with old school friends; while in Tanzania I stayed at a school. In Egypt I stayed with a local family; while in Beijing I was in a hostel. Here I really got to live the backpacking life: sharing stories, going on adventures, and meeting people.
Arrived in Beijing! The difference couldn’t be bigger! From a small village in Tanzania to hyper-modern Beijing.
New country, new friends!
That’s my roommate Rena from Chicago with her new German friends Dominik and Jakob. We first went to Temple of Heaven Park. Dominik is our self-declared tour guide. He studies in Shanghai, and Jakob is visiting him.
Together we also saw the Great Wall:
With hostel buddy Francisco from Chile, I later saw the Lama Temple:
I don’t think I would go to these places if it wasn’t for my hostel friends.
I’d also go out to see the streets of Beijing:
And of course, we enjoyed the foods!
China is one of the places on my tour I have the most memories from, just because of all my new friends! What’s funny is that when I was in Europe I heard all the amazing stories of Clem, Jasmine, and the others. I was just amazed by their stories and their life. Suddenly in China I found myself telling my stories to people in my hostel and getting the same reactions. Now I was the crazy world traveler in the room!
Enjoy my video of my China adventures and discoveries!
I’ll see you next week from my next destination on my journey: South Korea!
Ayla is a 20-year-old Norwegian who loves to learn new things and study new cultures. She’s Christian, and in her more normal life (when not eating donkey sandwiches in China and taking trains across Italy), she does dancing and karate. For any questions for Ayla or about travels, please comment below.
And if you’d like to share your story on The Periphery, please email me at Brandon@ThePeriphery.com. We’d love to hear all about your adventure.