My name is Jake Gaba, and I spent about 3 and a half months (100 days) in China studying Mandarin on a Dartmouth College study abroad program, and this is my way of cataloging my journey. Enjoy!
I knew I wanted to capture my experiences in a very special way, and I also knew that just taking photos of my travels wasn't enough. I had to dance.
I danced and filmed all over, including: Beijing, Chengdu, Xi'An, Lhasa (Tibet), Yangshuo, Zhangjiajie, Shanghai, Feng Huang, and Hong Kong. In some locations I had 100+ people gathered around my camera taking pictures and videos on their phones.
I want to say a big thanks to all of the Chinese people I danced with. You all were great sports. Also thank you to all my schoolmates who put up with me stopping every 30 minutes to shoot another segment. And one more big thank you to 代姗姗 for being an awesome camera crew person.
Song: Treasure by Bruno Mars
Student Jake Gaba decided it wasn’t enough to just go travelling across China while studying Mandarin on a three month semester abroad. Instead, he also thought to grace the Land of the Dragon with his dance moves to the song Treasure by Bruno Mars.
Justifying his dancing adventure, Jake said: “I knew I wanted to capture my experiences in a very special way, and I also knew that just taking photos of my travels wasn't enough. I had to dance.”