I knew this day would come; and it’s now time to say goodbye. Sometimes I anticipated it, wanting so much to get out, and other times I dreaded it because I know I’ll miss you when I’m gone. Saying goodbye is never easy, but it’s hard to keep growing without letting go of some things. So China, as a dear friend, here is my farewell to you.I want to thank you for everything you’ve taught me. Like a mentor that repeatedly puts their student into difficult situations to teach them about a craft, you have done this for me. Only the craft is I. My boundaries have never been more tested. In doing this I’ve learned not only a lot about myself, my he ...
July 20, 2009
Thursday was a public holiday in China so I decided to take a motorbike ride through the countryside. It was a steamy, hot sunny day, and I wanted to escape the stagnant air of Fuyang for a while. The hills around where I live give an idyllic feeling of ancient China. Once you leave the town it's easy to find yourself wondering how you ever got to such a foreign place. You see farmers working out in their fields with no machinery, only their livestock to help them along with their own back breaking labor. Living in Fuyang, I see so many different parts of Chinese culture that most westerners who come to China may never see. It's part of the r ...
May 29, 2009
A Thought on Leaving China
So we finally got word last week that we will be leaving China, with a date set for July 18th. I am so excited to get this news because for a long time we have never had a definite date, and now there is an end in sight and we can actually plan for it. If we had known when we first arrived here that we would be staying for almost 11 months there's so many things I would have done differently. But for the past 9 months we've been thinking that we're leaving in just a couple months and I don't feel as though we ever really settled into China fully. For example, I would have gotten a job that was going to last longer, and I would have starte ...
May 23, 2009