Quote of the Day 11/28/09

“You should be exposed to more things like this”

Said my teacher as he handed me back the Japanese architecture magazine I had in the morning. I feel in love with the book. Sadly it’s not mine so I can’t keep it. He wasn’t the only person to tell me that I should be the one searching for designs.  I ask one of the professors in the university fair how I’d be able to succeed in this field and how I could possibly be accepted into this program and she told me to visit places that are outside of my normal life. Go somewhere different.

I’m so lucky to be able to travel anywhere I want. I learned now to take advantage of where you go. I’m going to Punta Cana this Christmas and I can’t wait to learn bit more about their culture and their architecture. They don’t have much but it’s better than nothing.

Some amazing places I went recently was Japan and China.

Japan is amazing. Everything is breath-taking. The posh areas are filled with large and stately buildings. The Harajuku neighbourhood is cute and artsy. The bullet train is such an amazing innovation. The ride was so surprisingly smooth and obviously quick. I wish I could go back soon.

I went to different areas of China. One place I went to was Bei Jing. When you think Bei Jing you think of The Great Wall of China. I died as I walked up the first two flights because I didn’t have my puffer with me but the higher you go and better the view gets. I could look out for miles and I can see green land and the wall continuing as it was infinite. It’s much better to view it in real life than in books. Another place I went to was a tiny place call Chui Chow. It’s has long history and is in the rural area of the country. I have family who live there and I will never forget how it looks like. The houses are the classic historic Asian communities. You enter into the house I find five different rooms that are all occupied by five different families. It’s exactly how they look like in Chinese movies. It’s really nice to look at but difficult to live in. They barely have any A.C. and I was dying for a cool breeze. Everytime someone tells me that other people have it worse than I do I always look back to the rural part of China.

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