I've left Denmark two months ago and I first took a flight to Amsterdam, before I headed to Shanghai. My purpose for being in China is to do my internship so that I can become an experienced multimedia designer. Multimedia design is a big subject, which is divided in several areas. My area is web-design and I am really loving it here. Before I traveled to China, I discovered the do's and the don'ts because I believe that before you travel to a new country, you should know the do's and the don'ts so that you can be better prepared. The company, which offered me the internship is Next Step Connections and they are very friendly and helpful. There were other countries, where I could of done a similar good internship: Germany, South Africa, United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Norway,Canada, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia.But why China? China is a country, where its economy is growing very fast and it's also the world's 3rd richest country. In such a country, there are so many opportunities to make a masterpiece of your internship. It's a dream come true for me to do my internship as a web designer in Shanghai, which is one of China's largest cities.
Flying to Shanghai
When I was in Amsterdam, many people from the PRC were kind of like looking at me, especially when you're the only Black on the way in the flight. I just enjoyed myself and I was prepared to embrace and learn about another culture. In the flight, we ate well and it was more than I expected and I am so grateful that we flew safely. It took around 11 hours, but that's what you can expect. On the outskirts of the plane, I saw the Yangtze River, near Pudong International Airport and the airport itself is very modern and beautiful.
Arriving in China
Just like in any other country, you need to go through the immigration control and I was very secure because I knew that my papers and my visa were perfectly in order and I didn't have any problems at all.
I thought that Next Step Connections' officials would pick me up at the airport and I waited for thirty minutes I didn't see anyone and I got frustrated. But I decided to call them and ask them, if they would pick me up to the airport. They said to me that there has been a misunderstanding because I didn't pay for the full program, but they helped me take a taxi to my destination, which was Shanghai Hidden Garden Youth Hostel. I don't speak Chinese and the taxi driver doesn't speak English either so he just drove me to the hostel and thank goodness that Next Step Connections helped me explain the direction to him.
Getting to know Chinese people
In my opinion, most of Chinese people are giver and helpers and I'm so grateful that I was able to get all the help that I needed. At the hostel, I was taught Chinese and I met people from allover the world. I was determined to only eat Chinese food because I am a curious person and I heard that they are very good. That gets my appeal as a big eater. Chinese is one of the most difficult languages on Earth and it really takes time to learn it.
After my work, I usually get around Shanghai and discover the city. I have seen lots of places and sights like: The Eastern Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, Jimao Tower, Shanghai Museum, Chongming Island and much more. Shanghai is a very big city. Before I started to work, I met Next Step Connections' official at their office. I met Jérôme, Francois, Jia, Chuls and many others. They have made my days in Shanghai wonderful and I'm still here getting myself prepared to do my work.I've been in many restaurants, night culbs, bars and pubs and I 'm still getting the best out of my time here. China is a great country with so much history and I am planning on visiting other Chinese cities.
My next plan is to go to Hong Kong and come back to the Mainland so that I can carry on doing my work and then I'll go back to Denmark. I would like to publish a book about my traveling experience in China and my reasons to recommend students from allover the world to do their internships in China.
About Balthazar Rodrigue
Causes Balthazar Rodrigue Nzomono-Balenda Supports
Fight against poverty, justice, freedom of expression, secularism, nationalism, conservatism, Tea Party, fight against Islamism, protectionism.