Location: Datong, China

Hi Everyone!

We had an amazing adventure today! We left our apartment at 5:45 in the morning (which wasn’t so fun) and took a six-hour bus ride to Datong. We all slept at some point during the bus ride. Although it was a long journey, I looked out my window a few times and saw beautiful mountains. We had to say a hard goodbye to Madi this morning, as she is returning home for competition.

After a few hours on the bus, we ate lunch, where we had many different types of food. My personal favorite was this green vegetable (I can’t remember the name of it!) Then we went to see the Yungang Grottoes. At the Grottoes, there were many different caves that we could explore. Some of them even had statues of Buddhas! It was an incredible experience. There were a few Buddhas that were small, but some of them were huge! At one cave that I visited (with a few other people) some people in our group started meditating!

After exploring the Grottoes for a few hours, we returned to the bus to go to the hotel. On the way there, we found out who we would be rooming with for the night. I’m rooming with Sarah, and I was really happy about that because she is super fun to be around. We settled into our different rooms, and then we walked to dinner, which was a pizza place, although there was other food there too, like chicken nuggets. The food was interesting. After I finished my meal, I had some delicious chocolate ice cream.

  We came back to the hotel, and our squeeze question was what animal does the person to your left look like? Robin said I looked like a baby monkey because I have big eyes 🙂

That’s all for now. We’ll keep you updated soon!

<3 Leigh 🙂