Sunday is the big day! We are off to Asia, and I can’t wait. I picked up some Yen at Wells Fargo so I can hit the ground running when we land in Japan. Friday is the last day of class in the winter term for MIM students, so the Asia trip will be a great time to relax from studying and absorb the excitement of Asia. For those of you that keep up with our posts on a regular basis, don’t worry, we will be providing daily updates of the day’s activities and anything of note we experience while on our trip. Expect lots of stories and plenty of pictures by the end of the trip. One thing I am looking forward to is our trip to the Japanese mayonnaise factory. If that doesn’t scream excitement I don’t know what does. Hopefully we get to try some free samples!
After Japan our stop in Korea is next. We will be visiting automotive plants and have a diversion to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). This will be my first time to try Kimchee, and if I am going to eat fermented cabbage, I might as well do it where they are experts.
After Korea, China! I will finally get the chance to use my Chinese I have been studying for the last six months. Other factory tours and lectures are planned, as well as a trip to the great wall. On top of that, there is the cuisine we get to enjoy. I am deifinitely going to eat my weight in jiaozi (dumplings) and enjoy some Beijing kaoya (peking duck).
The trip ends in Shanghai, but a few of us have decided to go to Malaysia during spring break. Though jet lag will hit hard the first day of class, there is no way I am passing up this opportunity. While in Malaysia the Petronas towers are on my list, and we are heading to Langkawi, which is apparently the paradise of Malaysia.
If anyone has any suggestions on interesting sites, or fun things to do, then by all means leave a comment and let me know. This is my first time to Asia and I want to get as much as I can out of it. Next time I post, we will be in Asia!