Here's a little snippet into my Chi.na life that I don't always share on the bloggy:
...sometimes I want to forget I live in Chi.na. Sometimes I hole up in my home, close the curtains, stay in my pajamas, and don't go outside for over 24 hours.
No one speaks Chin.ese to me. I don't speak Chine.se to anyone. I don't think about Ch.ina. I don't think about Amer.ica. I just...exist. There is no language, there is no cultural barrier to cross, there are no Chin.ese people making me go berserk...there's just me...in my bed, reading books, reading blogs, reading poetry....just living.
About once a month this happens - when I can't physically do anything that involves Chi.na.
This weekend was one of those times. And it was glorious. I read the book, Water for Elephants (SO GOOD) and got caught up on bootlegged uploads of The Batchelor (Brad Womack, really?)
I didn't take a shower, change out of my pajamas, eat a hot meal, or even leave my bed for about 30 hours.
When I woke up this morning I was refreshed, ok with Ch.ina again, and not really sure if my legs remembered how to move.
A friend came over and after she left, I decided to shower and go for a long walk since I basically lived as a vegetable for the past 36 hours.
I was reminded what a beautiful place I live in. Hangzhou is one of the prime tourist cities in Chi.na. I'm lucky to be here - it's much more "liveable" for foreigners than other parts of the country. And it's just plain beautiful.
I started at my house and walked about 10 minutes to the bamboo forest. Yes, I live within 10 minutes of a bamboo forest. ha...
it was peaceful and not many people were out walking. Must have been the 30degree temp...
I made my way for about an hour down Longjing Road, the road that leads to the tea fields. While I was walking I was reminded a little of Disney World because there are tourist busses that pick up passengers along the way, much like the Disney busses, haha...
A Chi.nese guy was following me taking my picture, so I made him take this of me. Public Service Announcement: If you're gonna be a stalker, I'm going to put you to work...(I'm lookin lovely in my 6 layers...)
snapped this pic, and then turned around because there was no one there and the sun was going down...eventually I made my way to the waters of West Lake, Hangzhou's most famed destination...
I looped my way back around and made it back to a main street by my uni, then walked to the grocery store. The lanterns are out for Spring Festival (Chi.nese New Year)...
It was a great weekend to recoop, rejuvenate, forget for a little bit, not think about the Big "C" and then go for a walk and remember that I do in fact love it.
My last final exam is tomorrow afternoon and then my class is having a goodbye dinner. Should be presh.
I hope things are good in your hood.
Walk slow. xoxo.