I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – you’re only as cool as your study abroad destination. Ok, I’ve never actually said that before – but it’s kind of true, don’t you think?
You can always tell something very special about someone from where they studied abroad. It’s like meeting their family or learning their zodiac sign, only way more accurate because they choose it themselves.
When it comes to coolness, I’ve always been stuck in the “adventurous but nerdy” category because I chose to study abroad in a city that no one has ever heard of.* But all of that is changing because I just saw my study abroad location on TV!
Yes, finally, Chengdu China has made its illustrious television debut on HGTV’s House Hunters International. Americans are moving there! And it’s all being filmed! I’m in flashback city over here.
I know what you’re thinking.
“Hmmm, Chengdu, China. That sounds really familiar.”
Fine, I’ll admit it. This isn’t the first time Chengdu has been on TV. But last time, instead of focusing on the awesome food, perpetual foggy-ness, and abundance of pandas all anyone could talk about was that totally epic earthquake so it doesn’t really count.
Don’t you just hate it when your study abroad destination does something to embarrass you like have a natural disaster, elect the wrong party, or not host the Olympics? Sometimes they go way over the line and refuse to extradite a serial killer or negotiate with terrorists.
It’s just so hard to come back from that kind of behavior.
Big shout outs to late night channel surfing, HGTV, and the Chinese propaganda machine all of whom have worked hard to make Chengdu’s come back a success and my award for coolest study abroad destination an inevitability.
I just have one more question, since Chengdu is famous now that means that I’m famous now too, right?
*Except, of course, for the over 11 million people who live there and all of those people who played there during the Women’s World Cup in 2007