The worldwide Augustana College experience

Hospitality 101 in Hiroshima

Riding on a bullet train from Kyoto to Hiroshima at a speed of more than 200 miles per hour was an extraordinary experience, but getting to Hiroshima was nothing I could ever imagine. Modern, clean and welcoming city that was exterminated off the place of the earth only 68 years ago by an atomic bomb [...]

First time in Kyoto

After 16 hours of flights and bus rides Chicago-Tokyo-Osaka-Kyoto, we arrived to ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto. The Emperor of Japan, believed to be the ancestor of Amaterasu, the goddess of the Sun, lived in Kyoto for centuries until mid 1800s, when he moved to Tokyo. Overall, Kyoto looks like what you would expect to [...]

Mysterious as the dark side of the moon…

I couldn’t talk about China without a Mulan reference, so I figured I’d get it out in the title… Well, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in China, is nothing really goes as planned. Everything’s flexible…Deadlines are more like guidelines, and a meeting can start thirty minutes late and still be socially acceptable. China likes [...]

Mainland China

So we’ve been in Mainland China since October 7.  We took the train across the border which was cool to see the actual crossing of the border, but it wasn’t as impressive as I had thought it would be.  We knew it was going to be a river and have a barbed wire fence, but [...]

Are we back in the States?

September 30th Today after class, we went south to the Kowlung side of Hong Kong Bay. The view from this side was spectacular–its the first skyline I’ve seen that can compare to Chicago. It stretches for what seems like forever along the water, with towering skyscrapers that make thirty floor buildings look small. We continued [...]

The Taipei Two Step

Before I start, I just want to ask everyone to keep the Nolan and Ericson families in our prayers. Ann made the first half of our travels in Japan and Taiwan a wonderful experience, and our hearts go out to her and her family. Sorry again for the delay….Turns out there’s an awful lot to [...]

Hong Kong

Hong Kong has been fun and some more of the same that we experienced in Taiwan.  We’ve been to the jade market and ladies market.  The ladies market is basically a street market with so many vendors it is crazy.  The jade market in Hong Kong is smaller than the one in Taipei, however, the [...]

Taipei, Taiwan

We arrived to Taipei a week ago.  It has been quite a time too.  At first I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I liked Japan, and I’m not sure I do, however, I like it a lot more than I did the first day we were out and about.  It was [...]

The End of the End

September 13th After class on Monday, the group took a bus tour of Japan, where a few things really stuck out to me. First of all, the traffic actually wasn’t that bad. I feel like I’ve had worse times driving on I-55 near Chicago than our bus driver had in downtown Tokyo. Granted, it was [...]

The Beginning of the End

Sorry for the delay! But here’s my first collection of Tokyo posts. In Tokyo, we stayed at the Olympic Youth Center, where the athletes stayed for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics…It was an awesome central location in Tokyo, right next to Yoyogi Park and about a half mile from a subway stop. It was also affordable…About [...]