In 2015 I travelled to Beijing and spent a month improving my Chinese at a language school. I had travelled alone before, but never on a long-haul flight. It was my first visit to China too, and I was feeling nervous. I spent 2 nights in a hotel to recuperate and get my bearings before starting lessons at the school. The hotel had a beautiful ornamental pond, which was full of koi carp, and I spent hours by the pond observing them. Wherever I went in Beijing after that I saw fish ponds and fish tanks everywhere. When I returned to the UK after my adventure, the memory of the fish pond stayed with me.