Aleyna Wilkie writes: For me, China has been a blast so far. Every day has been a jumble of excitement, and there are so many things I could write about. But, out of all those experiences, I’ve decided to tell about my time on a scooter.

The day before this happened, I had ridden on the back of a friend’s scooter, and that was what I had originally planned to do. But on an impulse, I decided to rent my own and set off with three more dancers. We sped along the wide open streets, and went a little more slowly on the more narrow and busy roads. Since I hadn’t expected to ride myself, I had worn black ballet flats, which were soon covered in mud, since I discovered how much I enjoyed speeding through large puddles.

The scooters have been an amazing experience, and I hope to ride one again.

Levi Saderholm: Day 6- the food is running low, they still haven’t told us if and when they will release us. After six days it is painfully apparent who has and hasn’t showered before we left, our sanity is waning, as are our supplies. If there was one thing I could do differently, it would have been to pack one more pair of clean underwear.