Stevie Mussie- China Diary

June 19, 2006

The Huskies left for China on June 12 to kick-off a 12-day tour of Beijing and Shanghai, including four volleyball matches. Each day, a different Washington team member will write a diary entry and post a photo gallery to share her experiences with the UW community. Junior Stevie writes today's entry.

Can someone please explain to me how after being told they could only check one bag on the flight from Beijing to Shanghai, our group of 56 people checked 86 bags? I guess some people just don't know how to follow directions. Then there were those (a.k.a. Lindsey Thiry) who couldn't figure out how they were going to make it to Shanghai with a bad that weighed just 44 pounds because they bought so much at the silk market. (Mr. Thiry, she has been very good...but I am suppose to ask if it is ok if she spends a little more on the credit card.)

The morning was quite uneventful. We all packed and went to breakfast. Then it was off to the airport, but not before a few stops. Our first stop was at the site where the 2008 Olympic Games are going to be held. While it was mostly under construction it was cool to see what it is all going to look like. My favorite building being constructed was the 'bird's nest' that will be the site of the opening ceremonies.

Next stop was the Beijing International Airport. Everyone was pretty beat and looked like they seriously needed about a week of laying out on the beach just sleeping and getting a great tan but we were all ready to explorer our next city. The flight was without a doubt very eventful. The best part was when Jill Collymore, always the dare devil, entertained us all by eating preserved radishes that had been served with lunch for $5. She went through two packages before her mom offered her $100 to stop eating crazy things.

Once we landed in Shanghai, a large part of our group had to stop at Mickey D's to get their fill of American food. A few of us were late to the bus (a.k.a. Stevie, Lindsey, and Tui) because the people in the place didn't understand our English and we didn't understand what they were saying to us!!! We all then loaded into the bus and were off to the Yu Garden for a tour.

Dinner was pretty chill, that is until the end when Tui's grandma was spotted eating the fish eye!!!

We've now checked into the hotel, which is very, very pretty! There is a hot tub and we are headed down to jump in. See all of you soon!

-Stevie Nicole Mussie

P.S. Happy Father's Day to all the dads who were unable to make the trip, we love you all tons and miss you and can't wait to see you in four days!!!!!!!

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