An exciting Trans-Siberian journey from our marketing intern, Anja Lindenmann
I went on an exciting trip to China. I discovered new culture, met new people, and also tried some of the great Chinese food during my journey.
I left Switzerland, and off I was on my way to China with the Trans-Siberian Railway. Obviously this took a while, so I had my own room/cabin, with a bed, a desk, a small closet, and even a little bathroom.
My first day in Shanghai, I mostly spent unpacking, shopping, and doing all the necessary things, to make it liveable in my apartment.
The next day, as organised, my Chinese classes started, and I would have school from one to five every day in the afternoon. Two hours speaking and vocabulary, two hours Chinese characters.
As mentioned above, I went to school in China, mostly to improve my Chinese. This was about forty minutes away from where I lived during my internship. I started in a beginner class, and had classes every day for the first three weeks, but this made my progress quicker and bigger, soon I was able to have a conversation with a taxi driver, order food, or just have general conversations.
I had a couple of days off during New Year in China, as this is different to European new year, but my classes continued after. I found friends quickly, and thought that I really fit in, and that my Chinese was improving day by day.
During my internship, I stayed in a small apartment, together with some other interns from Europe. I lived in a very high building, almost at the top, meaning that I had an incredible view from the window. My apartment had two floors, with a kitchen on each floor, balcony, bedrooms, and everything necessary, however, there was only one living room on the bottom floor. There are 12 bedrooms in the apartment, however there are just a few less than 12 people living in the apartment. I thought it could be really fun in the apartment, when it was crowded.
During my stay in Shanghai, I was an intern, at an office I would be able to work in. I mainly went to Shanghai, to gain some work experience, as well as going to school, and learn Chinese. I was completely redesigning a WordPress website. This included talking to my boss, and to the client I was designing the website for. This would mean that I could practice my Chinese, which I was very excited about.
I also discovered a new game, which I now love to play, and teach people. It is called Mahjong, it was developed in the second half of the 19thCentury, and is very popular in china.
It is played with four people, 136 tiles, and can also be downloaded on your phone via the appstore (if you have and iPhone). I joined a Mahjong tournament during my internship in Shanghai, where I could play Mahjong, but also teach some people who had never played it before.
In general, I think that I could not have enjoyed my stay more, as I learnt lots of Chinese, met new people from around the globe, and had a great experience/opportunity that not many people can have, so I am very grateful for the journey Route2China made happen for me.
Throughout the journey, and the preparations before, I wrote a blog, about my experiences, and about how I developed, and grew throughout my internship, before, and even a bit after.
Check out my blog at https://anjagoestochina.wordpress.com/