Some photos from Zhongguo
China's side of the world
Stone Lion at Sun-Yat-Sen Park
The yingwen laoshi (English teachers) from Southern Virginia University
The guards of our apartment complex, neighborhood and local middle school
Racing home from karaoke
Impromptu dance party in the stairwell!
The downtown of the city I lived in, Zhongshan
This is my favorite mannequin I saw, but they were all strange & amazing
An ad for Converse shoes- they're huge in China
My chinese flash cards on my iPod. The least necessary word
Chinese translations to English are always beautiful and off a bit
Chinese checkers are for real! Unlike sesame chicken and fortune cookies
If you found numchucks you would battle too ;)
Weekend trip to Guiyang. We got on any random bus and ended up out here,
and it was beautiful
My entire stay in China I never saw any churches. To stumble across this little one in the middle of nowhere was beyond cool. It was under construction but the priest happened to be on site and unlocked it for us and showed us around,
He was so cool!
The horror! (and eventual yumminess).
I just love this photo. I was in China for the elections and had to fill out an absentee ballot. Every foreigner I met LOVED Obama. I had so many interesting discussions that opened my eyes a lot to different cultures
It's the same in every language
They don't call it the People's Republic for nothin'
Have you had your daily dose of dictator?
Mao's memorial in Beijing. The pavilion went as far as I could see and there were thousands streaming in to see him
I love her style! what a cutie ♥
The forbidden city
The temple of heaven,
a stark contrast of old a new
Our group hiked up to the "unrestored" great wall. Which crumbled beneath our feet and is still the most dangerous/ incredible thing I have ever done, in Ugg boots or otherwise
This reminds me of the labyrinth, one of my favorite movies
Our guide was impossibly old and could leap around like a goat. in slippers.
Our crew from the youth hostel. Australian, German, American and Finnish.
Delicious food after our 5 hour trek!
I didn't post any photos of my students, I would need a whole entry for sure! China was incredible, I couldn't be happier I went and learned all I did. I fell in love with travel, hostels and meeting all sorts of people. Hopefully I'll go again soon, and maybe to Japan as well. I desperately want to see Japan! Then Egypt, France, Scotland, Switzerland . . .
As for my relationship fiasco, I've been so thankful for everyone's kind words. I've had so much good advice to just stick by my choice and I'm really grateful! It's so hard to leave someone you've loved so much no matter what they do to you. I guess it's one of life's paradoxes. It makes it that much harder when they will do anything, no matter how destructive, to stay in your life and keep your attention. My advice if you face a similar situation is to understand what they are capable of and accept it as collateral damage. Freedom and happiness is worth whatever price! I'm so lucky I have such good friends, and I've been going out more which has helped me so much. I'm going to be more social :). Kimberly I don't know what I would do without you ♥!!! In short, I am well and keeping busy, and I am so so thankful for everyone's advice.
So where have you been? What's your favorite place? I'd love recommendations, and travel stories are always the best! Hope you're well. Love,