Because China is so large, much of the past few days have been spent traveling. Leaving the capital of Beijing on the 12th, hours were spent in planes and buses as we traveled to Kunming, one of the largest cities in the Yunnan province, the area where I am staying for the rest of my time here.
I do not regret those travels, as I got to view vast portions of the country while in the air, seeing things that I would have otherwise been unable to view from the ground. It is truly eye opening to see not only the different lands, but also the different conditions that people live in.
Yesterday, on the 13th, much of the day was spent at the stone forest. Hiking for more than 3 hours, I was able to view a new form of nature. As rocks sprung out from the ground they gained the appearance of spikes. Small caves and passage ways between them led to new areas in the wild, all showcasing new, unimaginable views.
While in Kunming, I also had the pleasure of trying some new foods. While Beijing is known for some of its more mainstream delicacies such as duck feet (which are tasteless but feel like rubber), the Yunnan province is known for its large assortment of insects. Trying new foods such as mealworms or Chinese wasps was an experience of its own, because although I may not have liked that ever present crunch, at least I tried it.
Today I leave Kunming for Shaxi. After an 8 hour bus ride through rural China, I will finally arrive at my service location, where I will spend the next 2 weeks giving back to the community there. I will try to update everyone when I can, but internet access is limited so posts may come anywhere from every 1-2 days up to a week. I will do my best to connect with you, my supporters, whenever I can, because it was in fact you who got me here today. Thank you so much for your continued support, and I hope to see you all when I return.