Our final day in Shanghai had come. After an interesting month, I was heading out to meet the other interns. I was effectively trading my three Shanghai aunts for three Chengdu interns. In a day’s time, all of the Educatrium interns, minus Matthew (I miss you my child), would be starting our vacation tour in Beijing.
The air was cleaner than I had imagined. The sky was surprisingly blue. The gray smog I had been expecting was nowhere to be found. Meeting us at the arrival hall was our tour guide, John. He brought us to our hotel, located close to Tiananmen Square, before letting us settle in for the night. As it was quite late, I did the only logical thing: challenge my boss to a game of billiards. I lost. I blame the fact that I’m smaller than the cue stick. But it’s fine.
Between Shanghai and Beijing was a seven-hour long train ride. Since our vacation technically did not begin until we hit Beijing, Zubair and I had a productive train ride. Along with my two suitcases (I didn’t overpack I swear), I brought my excel talents with me onto the train. As the miles went by, so to did the spreadsheets. Hundreds of miles and hundreds of cells (Excells, not eukaryotic ones… sorry, biology major Vincent) later, our train pulled into Beijing.
Grace is a sophomore at Yale University who plans to major in Applied Math and English. In her free time, she enjoys petting dogs, reading post-modern lit, and picking puns out of rap songs. She is highly proficient in Excel.