Good morning, guys!
It has been now three weeks since I arrived here in Shenzhen, China.
Voyage with this was just a crazy adventure to get here.
We started off by flying into HongKong
and the first thing we did right off the bat
was go get our visas process.
We found an agency in HongKong
and from the moment we got off the plane,
we gave them our passport,
gave them our immigration form,
and a color photo and all the other documents they wanted,
and then they just left.
Then we went to the hostel, all way to the hostel
我想到 “天哪 我们是不是犯错了”
thinking “oh, my god! Did we make a mistake?”
I mean even trust the agency.
I’ve gotten visas before in the past,
or I got one visa I should say,
but it was in the U.S where I did it.
I didn’t do it in a foreign country
在国外 如果没有护照 我觉得自己完了
where if I don’t have my passport, I am kinda screwed.
Gave them passports, then we went to a hostel,
thinking that we booked one of the top rated hostels.
It was a box.
We got a private room and
you walk in, and there’s literally no space.
Even move, there’s just a bed in the room
and then you, I don’t, I don’t know where you go.
Even worse, then I go to look in the bathroom.
Apparently this is a well-known thing,
I didn’t know about it,
but they put the shower head over the toilet.
And so you’re supposed to, like, shower over the toilet. Disgusting.
So, I didn’t, I didn’t do that.
Ended up with this really a cool park in the central of HongKong.
So I guess the idea of parks just kind of break away
if they’re at inner city like break away from the city, right?
Well, I didn’t really think that was possible in HongKong,
because HongKong was so condensed,
有很多人 很多商店 特别吵
so many people, so many shops, so much noise.
I couldn’t believe we entered this park and it’s just dead silence.
All you hear are birds, bugs
which is super cool, super calm.
At night, we went to watch the light show.
This famous light show they have which…
I don’t know what people, what is it with this,
Because everyone on TripAdvisor
and all the everything you look on what you are do in HongKong
and they’re like go watch the light show.
这个灯光秀很差劲 抱歉 说了香港的坏话
This light show was lame. Sorry, HongKong.
You should probably make your light show a little cooler.
So next morning, we decided to go hike to the peak
which was a beautiful hike.
Most people, they take the tram.
You can take a tram to go up the mountain.
We hadn’t done any exercise in the last few days,
赶飞机 做其他事 所以我们
We just run planes, whatever, so we’re like
Okay, we’ll go on a hike this.
I really hope that they have a regular shower in Shenzhen.
This can be really gross,
cuz I’m a really stubborn person and I’m not showering.
It was a beautiful hike.
It was definitely very difficult.
We got up to the top having this amazing view.
It was kind of cloudy out so it was a little bit of a bummer,
but it was still really cool just get this huge view of HongKong.
So we finished the hike and we go meet up with agency
to get our passports back.
HongKong is only six metro stops away from Shenzhen
which is where I am now.
And so we just get on the metro,
we go now we’re entering into mainland China.
When you get to China,
the emigration takes a long time.
Going through all the emigration lines,
my heart about to explode.
I’m not used to getting visas.
So, as an American, it’s really nice.
At the moment, you can get ten-year visas,
ten year tour visas which is we did because we want to explore a lot of China.
OK, So, it was a roller coaster getting to China,
but everything since we’ve got here,
it’s been amazing.
I kinda get this feeling that these last nine months that I’ve been traveling.
There’s been so many obstacles in the way
and I’ve been kind of forcing myself to keep going.
And like everything since getting to China,
everything has gone smoothly,
like everything. It’s scary how smooth it’s gone.
It’s almost like I am supposed to be here, which is ironic,
because China was never on my radar.
I never even thought I would visit China as a country,
and now I am living here. It’s so bizarre.
And even more bizarre,
I feel like I found the San Diego,
my hometown of China, here in Shenzhen.
When we first arrived here, we went and checked into a hostel,
we get there same thing with the hostel like
this weird ass bathroom that is disgusting
Now, you have to pee in a hole.
I am sorry. I, I don’t mean to offend China,
but I can not do this freaking hole on the ground.
This is what happened
when you don’t brush your hair for a month on it.
Whatever, I had booked the hostel for about six nights.
And an idea was you immediately go look for an apartment.
It’s supposedly really difficult to find a place to live here.
We found an apartment in literally one-day of looking.
Now maybe we are just really not high maintenance.
Actually the very first apartment we looked at,
we really liked it.
And we decided that’s where we’re gonna move into.
Not even ready yet.
So, the second place we looked at was with a roommate and we decided
okay, we gonna move in there.
It’s like a typical Chinese apartment.
I am only there for a month.
And I actually had a real bathroom.
So that was nice and that’s a really cool area.
就在前面 我读不来 “莲花村”
It is in front of, I can’t pronounce it,Lianhuacun
I’ll write it, park.
Beautiful park is actually a park I’m in it right now.
I live in highrise I can’t see it from here.
What I’ve learned in Shenzhen, for starters,
it’s a city in the middle of a jungle.
That’s why it’s so green and so beautiful.
It’s consistent seven eight degree, apparently year-around.
We are in the middle of typhoon season,
so it does have its moments where it rains.
But it might rain for like an hour or two and then stop,
and it’s back to being beautiful like it is now.
But the typhoon is pretty darn crazy.
It is four p.m in the afternoon.
It’s fucking crazy outside,
super dark, it is just raining like crazy.
I guess this is what typhoon season is like.
Shenzhen is one of the wealthiest cities in all of China.
so that’s why everything here is brand new,
like it’s not at all what I had envisioned
what China would be like.
Everything is so clean.
So my brother had sent me a video of the metro systems in China.
And how they like push people in, jumping over and piling into this metro.
It’s not like that.
I’ve never seen such an orderly metro system here,
like, everybody’s single file a line.
They follow the rules, it makes sense.
The metro is huge, they have the TVs playing,
bathrooms in the metro.
The malls here are nicer than the U.S,
and there ‘s a mall, like, every metro station.
God, this place is just so not what I thought
and I literally have the best of both world
because I’m very much of a beach person, well, I’m near the beach.
My boyfriend is very much of a mountain person,
well we’re surrounded by mountains and it’s super green.
I’ve all these fruit I never tried like, I
I feel like I am in paradise.
These are green beans, like, that we bought it at Chinese market.
These are ridiculous.
So after a week of being here.
噢 天哪 这个地方太赞了
And being like, oh my god, this place is amazing
The guy that we have met
who were gonna move into his apartment in the beginning of May.
He is an owner of outdoor education schools, sent a message like
“hey, like,would you and your boyfriend be interested in running an adventure camp?”
It’s for a week, it’s not well-paid.
“但机票 食宿 酒店等费用”
But flights, food, accommodation, hotel
all that’s gonna be included.
我就想 “好啊 免费旅行当然要去”
It was like “Okay, why not? free trip, sure.”
Few days later, we’re on a flight going to Hangzhou.
which is about 3 hours.
I think south, I could be wrong, of Shanghai.
We went to this place called Linan and in this general area,
the majority of all of China’s bamboo comes from this area.
So we’re literally in the bamboo forest.
I have never ever done anything like this before.
We got to run a children’s adventure camp.
I’ve never been a camp counselor,but I’ve been to camp.
I was a camp counselor for seventh and eighth grades’ Chinese kids,
and it was absolutely amazing.
我得教孩子们徒步 皮划艇 做饭以及在外面露营
I got to teach these kids to hike, kayak, cook, camp outside.
We showed them how to put up a tent.
I don’t, unfortunately, have any pictures and videos of this place,
because I was, actually, not allowed to.
It was really empowering to get to run all these kids
and learn about a culture.
I have a whole new respect for Chinese people just cuz for the kids.
In the U.S if you are kind of this nerdy kid,
you’re kind of outcasted when you’re younger,
like you’re this nerd, you’re like put off inside, you’re uncool.
在中国 不是那样的 这点很不一样
Here in China, it’s not like that. It’s very different.
Their culture is that they look at this person who is really intellectual,
who’s kind of nerdy or whatever,
and they will appreciate him for it.
We’re gonna use him for his, for his intellect
and they ‘re all friends, like they’re no cliques.
I’m really excited to be here cuz I’m really excited to learn about this,
and to share about it with other people,
like, China’s not at all how I thought it would be
and it’s so much better and it’s so cool.
At the same time,
I think it definitely takes somebody who has a lot of patience to be here.
Because it’s so different from the western world,
that there’s a lot of things people would not like about here.
For example, I don’t know what it is about here,
but people don’t seem to use headphones.
You see a person jogging on the side of the street, or we’re on the airplane,
everybody has their iPads and no one puts their headphones in.
You’re just hearing everybody watching movies, you’re hearing everybody’s music.
It’s like no spatial awareness.
I hope this video wasn’t too long.
抱歉 我刚刚真的很激动 我想
I’m sorry, I’m just really excited and I wanted
and I talk really fast and I wanted to tell you everything that’s happened,
so but I am also really lazy and I didn’t wanna make a million of videos.
I wanna make one.
so I hope this video was interesting,
if not, I hope my future self likes it.
所以 再见了 朋友们
So yeah, bye guys.
Can you spot me?