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Hey all!

So sorry I haven't written in a while! As you all know I am now home. I got home on the 23rd of November.

Here: as my last post I will write about my last few days in China. They were very fun!

On Friday, we went to two places: NITH and Jinling Riverside Hotel. At NITH (Nanjing Institute of Tourism and Hospitality), the other interns and I "graduated" from our Chinese class. It was low-key, which was good and it was fast. Usually at the school, there would be 20 students waiting to greet us, but this time there were only 2 students and some teachers. We got certificates for passing Elementary Chinese and little gifts from the school. We also sang "Brother John" in Chinese and listened to the two students sing their school song! That was interesting.
After the "graduation", we got in the car and drove straight over to the Jinling Riverside Hotel. This was where we had our farewell party with our trainers at the Jinling Hotel. The party was a lot of fun. We had a 12 course meal - one of the courses was actually Shark Fin Soup! It was delicious! Well anyways, we ate and drank a lot and then gave speeches. We also went on a tour of the hotel grounds - so nice! The hotel had 5 villas, which actually looked like American suburban homes! They were really neat with 10 rooms, dining room, kitchen, KTV room and lots of bathrooms. We also got to see some other rooms - superior, executive suites, residential suites, etc. Very neat hotel!
Also at the party, we were presented with gifts from the employees, and we gave a gift to the hotel and some of the employees. I got some very cool gifts - brocade scarves, fans, pencil case, ancient Chinese presents, and more. We also did KTV at the party, which was definitely fun to watch!

Saturday morning, Kyle, Jared, and I accompanied some boys from Concierge to a town called Lishi, about an hour and a half away from the hotel. There we saw a temple, which was really big with lots of statues in it. The person who maintains the temple actually lives there - in one of the bedrooms, there was a Plasma screen TV!!! Lol...well that was ironic. The temple was cool, but I had definitely seen enough temples in China before this one.
After the temple, we went to the Jinling Hotel Organic Vegetable Plantation. That was really cool to see - it proves that the vegetables at the hotel were actually organic. We got to try some cucumbers that had just been grown. The cucumber was actually pretty good!
Anyways, then we went to a restaurant in a mountain area. I didn't really eat, but I think every one had a lot of fun and the food looked okay.
Overall the day was fun and eventful.

On Monday, after a tearful goodbye to the employees at the Jinling Hotel, 4 of the other interns and I left with Teresa Shan to go to Shanghai. We spent the night in a hotel by the Pudong airport, so we could be close for our flight in the morning. Unfortunately, we were late for the flight....

So on Tuesday, we woke up around 8 am and left the hotel around 9am. We got to the airport ready for the flight at 9.15am. Our itineraries had said the flight was leaving at 11.15am. However, when we got to the Delta desk, the manager there told us that we had missed the check-in time and that the flight was at 10.10am. We showed him our itineraries and he said that he didn't know why our itineraries said our flight was leaving at 11.15. So we begged the man to let us on since the flight wasn't leaving for an hour. Unfortunately, he was a jerk and said no. He wouldn't let us do the emergency check-in, check-in without our bags, tell the plane to hold for us, etc. Like I said, he was a jerk!! Teresa also argued with him and he eventually turned to her and said, "You are Chinese! You should be on our side, not theirs!" This was blatant nationalism right there. I couldn't believe he would say that!
Well after trying to call the main manager down to the desk, which they would not do, and after waiting until the plane left, 2 ladies came and helped us finally. They booked us on a 12:00 China Eastern flight to JFK Airport in NYC. So we eventually arrived in the US around 1.15pm USA time. I then flew home to Buffalo at 5pm. After a very eventful day, I arrived home and went to sleep!

Well since I've been back, I have pretty much just been hanging around my house, watching tv, reading my book and really doing nothing. It's nice not having to work, though I do miss working in the front office at the hotel.

Also since I have been back, I have found out that I have Salmonella poisoning. In mid-October, I had had stomach pains, and they have continued since I have been back. I went to the doctor and they told me I had contracted Salmonellosis. Thankfully, it is not too bad but it does make the person have stomach aches and not be hungry to eat. Also I am now on antibiotics, so I will be fine soon!

Anyways, I had a lot of fun for the past 5 months. There were ups and downs, twists and turns, but eventually it all ended well. I will miss all the friends I have made at the hotel and I hope to keep in contact with them via Skype, Facebook or QQ. I also hope to return to Nanjing in 2013, when the new Jinling will be complete! I hope this happens!

Working at the hotel has taught me that I definitely want to work in the field of hospitality after graduation from Purdue. However, I do not want to work in China. It is just not the place for me!

Well, I will be saying goodbye now. I hope you enjoyed reading my blog. Unfortunately, since I am no longer traveling and this is a travel blog, there is no point to keep this blog. So I will not be writing any more posts.

Goodbye!!

Blair Andrews

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2 Days!

Hey all!

So, I am all packed and ready to go! I have 2 bags about 46 and 48lbs respectively. I also have a carry-on and a backpack as my personal item! AAAHH! So much stuff! I also had to ship stuff home! That's what I get for buying so much stuff in the 5 months I have been here!

Tomorrow I leave at 1:30pm to go to Shanghai. We will stay over night in a hotel and then fly out in the morning (the 23rd). I will fly from Shanghai to Detroit getting in around 12:15pm USA time (also on the 23rd). I will then get into Buffalo around 4:30pm! I will have been flying for around 15 hours total between the 2 flights! I can't believe I am going to be home on Tuesday!

Well, I will write one more post when I get home about my 5 months in China. However that will be my last post, as I will not be in China anymore! So I thank you so much for reading my blog! I hope you enjoyed it!

Love from China,

An Bi Liu (Blair Andrews)

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5 days left!

So it is Thursday afternoon. I go to Shanghai on Monday and home on Tuesday. Only 5 days!!

Yesterday was my last day of work at the Jinling Hotel and in the concierge department. I had been working in the concierge department for the past 2 months. It was fun hanging out with the people, but the work was boring. I enjoyed making parking coupons though!

In an hour, we have a meeting with the training department and will hopefully get feedback on how we did as interns. They also want us to suggest two topics that maybe could be used as a project topic for an intern next year. I have 2 ideas from the concierge department, though I do not know if they will like them.

After the meeting, I am going to spend the evening at the Confucius Temple, and do a lot of shopping for gifts! The Confucius Temple is a whole area of stores surrounded by a river and an actual temple. All the stores have souvenirs that people can buy, as the area is more for tourists than actual residents of Nanjing.

Well I will write back tomorrow!

Love from China,

An Bi Liu (Blair Andrews)

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6 Days Left!

So there are only 6 days until we go home. We actually go to Shanghai on Monday to spend the night, as we have a 10:00 flight to Detroit. I am looking forward to the flight. It will be about 12 hours and will hopefully have small tv's for all of us to watch movies on! At least that's what the last flight had!

I am really going to miss the people I have become friends with here, but I can't wait to get back to Purdue to see my best friends! I am also so excited to see my parents and brothers (Brinkley and Huntley included). I can't wait for my welcome home party (Thanksgiving)! Lol.

I have started packing already - one of my suitcases is almost completely full - I have 2 big suitcases, and will have to buy one more to get all my stuff back. I have to go buy lots of gifts for people, so that will take up a lot of space in my suitcases!

For all friends at Purdue, I will be visiting for my brother's graduation - December 19th! I hope to see you all there!

Well that's all folks!

I will write again before I leave!!!

Love from China,

An Bi Liu (Blair Andrews)

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12 days left!

So as you can see from the heading, I have 12 days left in China. That is both good and bad. I will really miss all the people I have met here and the life I have had for the past few months, but I am also looking forward to getting back to school and my friends there! It will be interesting though, walking on American soil after 5 months of being gone. Well, I am excited about coming home, but will miss this place!!

So on Monday afternoon, Dr. Cai and Dr. Ghiselli arrived at the hotel. The other interns and I had to present to them on Monday evening and Tuesday morning. I went on Monday and gave a 20 minute presentation and then answered some questions they asked me. I thought I did well and I hope they thought so too. I turned in my paper during the presentation, and now Dr. Cai will read my paper and then give me suggestions for improving it. When I finish making changes, it will be completely done! I cannot wait to be done with this project!!

Yesterday, Tuesday, I gave my last presentation for this project. I had to present to the concierge department. The thing that pissed me off was the fact that most of the people at the presentation yesterday had already seen me present and they asked me some of the same questions. Crap right? I did not want to present at all. Well, thankfully no more need to look at the presentation, only the paper. Ugh....this project is ruining my life!!!!!!!! Lol...not realy but you know.

Anyways, now I just have to study for my 2 final exams - 1 exam will take 10 minutes: I have to memorize 3 conversations for working in restaurants..however the first line I say in all conversations is the exact same thing..so it will be easy. I have a very good memory so I should do well hopefully - I can still remember phrases we had to learn for the last exam! "Xuyao wo bang nin songru fangjian haoma?" - this means, "shall I send it to your room?" The last exam was on transporting luggage.

The second part to the exam is for the actual Chinese class - we have to do a speech for the teacher..she has already written it but we have to add a few things in and have it memorized..once again I hope I do well and my memory works full force! We also have a written section for this part of the exam - it will be on initials and finals (beginning of the word, ending...confusing..), tones, vocabulary and phrases..I am sure I will do well on this section. The only thing that really worries me about the 2 exams is the oral part! Wish me luck!!

Well this is the rest of my week. After this week is over I am going to relax, pack and do some last minute gift shopping for friends and family!

Love from China,

An Bi Liu (Blair Andrews)

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