It has been some time since I last posted, and here is why!
I have been lucky enough to secure a place on the University of Manchester’s Study China program, studying Chinese language and culture for three weeks in the prestigious, and quite beautiful, Nanjing University, Jiangsu. After this I have been extremely lucky in being awarded one of 10 year long Zhejiang Scholarships funded jointly by the British Councils ‘Generation UK China‘ program and Zhejiang Providential Education Department, allowing me to study in Zhejiang Sci-tech University, Hangzhou.
Following seven years of living, studying and working in Belfast, Northern Ireland, I have recently been pursuing getting away to explore different cultures and begin to appreciate the diversity of the world first hand. When western architecture and lifestyle takes so much from the local heritage, Greek origins and developed nations, I am sure to encounter inherit differences in culture, history and people which will prove nothing short of exhilarating. Undoubtedly there will be an infinite number of challenges ahead (My first language studies in 7 years to say the least!) but I am certain facing these, and experiencing the challenges of others, will only further my understanding of humanity, and ask me to develop a further respect for the diversity and resilience we are capable of.
You will be able to keep on track with my travels as my camera, journal and sketchbook remain permanently attached to my hand at; ‘BSA Study Abroad,’ a Travelogue charting the adventures of our current year group. So please do drop in and say hello! We leave to various parts of the world this August and September, studying for a year before returning to Belfast for the final year of our undergraduate degree in Architecture with fresh eyes, and new horizons.
I will of course be back on track to bring news from China to these pages too, so keep in touch, especially if you have any advice of experiences of the country you’d like to share.
Until then, I will leave you with a shot taken from our Architecture studio in Belfast, one that makes those late nights worthwhile.
Sunset behind Divis Tower/Divis Mountain, Belfast