Three days in Xi’an, spending the time with my host family and friends, went by really fast.

My host mother made handmade dumplings and jongzi (sticky rice-ball) for lunch. I told her how much I missed it and she stuffed some into my suitcase. I didn’t want to leave but it was time – we all got into the car and they drove me to the airport and said goodbye.

I told them I will come back, and I wished to myself that it would take me less than four years.


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Jina, a senior management major in Cox School of Business, is spending summer 2010 in Hong Kong with the SMU-in-China program. Read her blog.

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