Traveling to China was something always spoken about back home in London, but I guess also was being the next James Bond Hollywood star, each laughed away because it just wasn’t the norm in the community. Fast forward to October 2015 and I’m booking flights to not only China but to the capital with expenses covered by the Study China Program. Of course this wasn’t taken lightly I jumped straight in feet – legs – hands – head first completely immersing myself in a culture so far removed from my own and from this formed friendships, paved roads and inspired me to tell a story connecting people from the polarized cultures of the West and East in the aim of creating a conversation and understanding of such cultural differences but also parallels in an age where society can at times lose its collective meaning.
Stories providing you a glimpse into the Beijing Culture – one of the greatest wonders of the world: http://behindbeijing.org/
With all this in mind, bag packed and cameras charged (so many cameras) I stepped out not realizing Beijing would take me on a whirlwind adventure:
And in the end I look back stunned, this adventure took me to the astonishing heights of Beijing overlooking its Wonders, reformed my opinion of tea through the ‘colourful’ creations and brought me to this self-realization of taking pride in your craft even when the world changes rapidly around you.
Maybe now I’ll try out for the James Bond role.
To those who feel the opportunities that are offered to them are not of great significance I encourage you not to let that define how you experience and approach it, take it with both hands and run with it with complete faith understanding that you can make it so much more and funnily enough that your own perception can be deceptive. Focus on the unseen, you might just be surprised at what comes from it.
Hi, I’m David Adesanya, an Architecture student at the University of Manchester who started ‘Behind Beijing’ providing a glimpse into the culture of one of the greatest wonders of the world. www.behindbeijing.org I am a person who strives to develop their talents whether it is in sports, being nominated for sports personality of the year (table tennis) or interpersonal skills. I am in my third year of university and have tried to make the most of every opportunity gaining a wealth of experience challenging myself and learning to be comfortable being uncomfortable. It’s a mouthful I know but I truly am just passionate in completing everything I start and try my hardest to do it to the best of my ability.