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Blake Aaron: My trip to the communist country of China

By Blake Kennedy Aaron
Contributing writer,
ZOOM! That was the sound of our, or should I say, Air Chinas 747 taking off. Normally, this wouldnt be a big deal for a big businessman but Im not, or least Im not yet.

This was going to be the adventure of a lifetime. I thought to myself now I know why I got up at 3:00 this morning. Yes, we were going to China. It all started when I got up at 3:00 a.m. and I wasnt very happy either. My mom got me a pillow and dropped me off at my dads house. I fell asleep in his car about half way to the airport and my dad picked up breakfast at a drive thru. I talked to my dad the rest of the way to the airport. Even though my sausage and biscuit was cold, I still ate it.

When we arrived at the airport, I was very anxious to board the plane. My dad parked in long term parking and unloaded our luggage. We waited for a shuttle bus to pick us up and drop us off at Air Chinas section of the airport. I looked through the window to see the airplane we were going to ride and I was surprised to see that it had two decks.

I got to sit by the window

We boarded the airplane and guess what? I got to sit by the window something I always enjoy doing. On the ride to China, I watched movies and slept for this 18 hour trip. When we finally landed, I felt like a bear just out hibernation. My dad told me something about China that is different that I had forgotten. I tapped him on the shoulder and asked him whats so different about China? He replied China is unlike many other countries, it is a country where the government makes a decision about what you can do, where you live and how many babies you can have, etc.

Great Wall of China one of many things we visited

On our trip to China we visited many things like The Great Wall of China. I learned the name says everything. The Great Wall of China is over 3,000 miles long and took almost two millenniums to build. After this event, we went to the worlds largest square, where 25 years ago, the slaughtering of thousands of democracy wanting Chinese was slaughtered by their own government. I learned that these Chinese did not want to fight back; they were like peace keepers. That night, after dinner, we went the Beijing Opera where the story Monkey King (an idol once worshipped) was performed. I really thought this was interesting because on the screen we had to read the play. I had many more places I visited in China but it would take as long as The Great Wall of China took to be built to explain the fun in this adventure to China.

When I returned home, I thought to myself, even though China was home to 2.5 billion people, my home is in the United States. A country that has democracy and where we are free.

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Blake Kennedy Aaron article on Adair chestnut trees published in Courier-Journal

2006-03-27 - Columbia, Adair CO, KY - Photo staff. An article by Blake Kennedy Aaron, 11, a sixth grade student at John Adair Intermediate School in Columbia, KY, is in the Louisville Courier-Journal, today, Monday, March 27, 2006. The story is entitled "Chestnut trees try a comeback." It can be found in the Metro Section of the paper, at the bottom of page B3. The story is part of a regular series of essays in a feature called Kids Ink: What students are writing. There is a great photo of the young writer and a photo of an American chestnut. The caption says the tree is in Columbia, KY. Blake told us it is the famous chestnut tree on the Charles England farm on Bull Run RD. Print editions of the paper with the story were still available at various retail outlets and news racks around Columbia this morning. Blake is a regular contributor to
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