Howdy, I bring good tidings! (I have always wanted to greet in this manner without coming across as an octogenarian). But this time, the good news is so significant to me that it warrants the use of the slightly outdated word, “tidings”.
Right, back to the good tidings: I won a short scholarship to China!
Under the auspices of the Confucius Institute at the University of Sydney, myself and 18 other Australian students will be flying off in December to sample the intensely cultural delights of Beijing and Shanghai.
The tour/scholarship/sponsorship will cover trips to the Great Wall of China, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, field trips (includes the Nanjing Road, the Confucian Temple, etc.), river cruises, tickets to see the Chinese opera (PEKING!!) and other martial arts/ theatrical performances, as well as visits to Teahouses and the Fudan University, to name a few.
Best of all, there will be “authentic Chinese cuisine“, much to the ecstasy of my gourmand heart that is currently pumping with high expectations at the sight of those three words.
What this means for you, valued readers of The Antipodean Adrift, is that you will receive an influx of sumptuous photographs and anecdotes of China in your WordPress Reader, come December!
Being an avid globetrotter with an insatiable lust for the arts and languages, this is truly a dream come true. I cannot wait to share it with you.