Last day in Tianjin and it was absolutely awful.... to leave. It's gut wrenching to leave such a fantastic place with so much to learn from. I'm very grateful to Xiao Bei and Sherri... They have been so fantastic in helping me understand a cultural aspect of myself that I so blindly thought I already had on lock down. One of lessons I've learned from them... Be happy and always optimistic.
The train ride was great. Initially, after hearing that our train ride would be really nice, I was expecting a lot (like a spoiled brat). When we got to the train and to our accommodations, I was surprised that these small rooms were nice. Thinking back on what I've learned from both Xiao Bei and Sherri, I realize how spoiled I've been. Always be grateful and optimistic. I think this trip has definitely helped me to realize when I'm being a brat and when I'm being realistic.
The trip so far has made me want to stay. Like I've said, there's always something to learn every day. My recommendations... If you've stayed in your room, been home sick, had a poor attitude or flaked out on experiences, stop. I am by far the biggest hypocrite I know, but that kind of approach to this privilege is flat out dumb.