#CHINA2012

This blog is dedicated to the experiences of Chelsea Bilger and Kelly Lamberti as we journey to China to play volleyball on a Global Challenge team.

And in the end

And in the end the trip turned out to be so fun! I am so glad my parents let me go and have this experience. I made a lot of new friends along the way and defiantly lived a different lifestyle for 2 weeks. I got to see some places Some people will never get to see in their life time. I had the opportunity to see what the pro Chinese teams were like. China was defiantly not what I expected but it was all worth the trip. Although the volleyball aspect wasn’t exactly how I wanted it go, it made me realize how amazing I have it at OU. The team I played with in China sometimes didn’t mesh well and it made me so grateful to have the teammates I have at Ohio. I cant ask for a better place to go to school and to play with the best teammates someone could ask for. I had a blast playing with different people but I am ready to get back to work at OU to win that MAC championship!!
~KL

the silk market was amazing!! got so much great stuff for amazingly cheap prices!!

the silk market was amazing!! got so much great stuff for amazingly cheap prices!!

Great Wall/ Forbidden City

      The Great Wall was probably the coolest thing I have seen in my life. We took a cable car up to the top. It was burning that day and everyone was sweating through their clothes. It was really attractive. We got about an hour to walk the Great Wall which wasn’t enough time. Chels and I took off and made it all the way to the base of the giant stair case. Just thinking about where I was actually standing and the history behind it all was incredible!

      Today we went to the Forbidden City which was pretty awesome. Unfortunately it was unbearably hot and humid, but we still walked through the city. The city was HUGE. I had no idea it was that big. To put it into perspective, there is a total of 9,999 rooms in the Forbidden City. It was crazy. Also, I have never seen so many people in my life congregated in one spot. People were EVERYWHERE. There are no words to describe how crowded it was. Everyone had umbrellas to keep themselves out of the sun, but because the volleyball team towers over everyone we kept getting hit in the eye with umbrellas. Chelsea defiantly shoved people out of the way with their umbrellas because they were so annoying. All in all, though, it was a very cool experience to see both The Forbidden City and The Great Wall. Not many people will ever be able to say they have actually been there. 

The view was incredible 

The view was incredible 

So happy to be on The Great Wall

So happy to be on The Great Wall

tiggymarie asked: It is fun watching your trip progress through your blog! dc

thanks aunt debbie!! :) we’re having a great time here!

tiggymarie asked: Have you found that many local people know English and will speak to you or do you think they are faking that they know English? It look cloudy in your pictures...what is the weather like this time of year? Aunt Debbie

a lot of the people here dont speak very good language but we get by with pointing and signing to show people what we want :) and the weather here is so weird! it’s always smoggy or foggy and cloudy and it’s so hot everywhere! i feel like you walk outside here and you just sweat because there’s not breeze and the air is so humid. i don’t think we’ve stopped sweating yet on this trip!

View of The Great Wall 

View of The Great Wall 

pathway on top of the great wall

pathway on top of the great wall

great wall threading through the chinese country side

great wall threading through the chinese country side