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Official CAPA Blogger Spring 2016: Rikki Li – London

Jan 4, 2016 12:00:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

Rikki_Li_Profile.pngMeet Rikki Li, official CAPA blogger in London for Spring 2016:

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Hello reader!

My name is Rikki Li and I’m a junior majoring in English Writing and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. This semester, I’m thrilled to be studying (and blogging) in London!

Besides writing, I enjoy extensive doodling, cooking and baking, and investing too much of my time in Marvel superheroes.

I think the notion of international travel has always been nostalgic for me, since the majority of my family lives in China. This led to many childhood summers of 22 hour plane rides, learning and re-learning my ethnic tongue, and coming to terms with the paradoxical discomfort of both belonging and not belonging in a foreign country. I regret not giving those summers more appreciation, as I now find myself missing those quiet, immersive experiences: of sleeping on a bed lined with fragrant bamboo mats, strolling around lotus ponds at dusk, scooping cold watermelon straight out of the rind on hot afternoons. This is why I wanted to study abroad during my college career, both to satisfy my craving for travel, but also to make new memories in a new place.

I can’t say for sure what you’ll find in my blogs yet, but be on the lookout for my exploration of London’s ethnic neighborhoods, hole-in-the-wall locations, and of course, lots and lots of food. One thing’s for sure: my resolution this year is to become a person who truly loves life—who takes it day by day and celebrates it.

Thanks for sticking around!

Best Wishes,

Rikki

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