I woke up from a bad dream, and I couldn’t shake the feeling off–not even after riding my rickety pink bicycle out on a beautiful warm morning and drinking a big mug of black coffee at the office. On days like this, being surrounded by people makes me feel all the more solitary. So I quit facebook, tweeted mindlessly, and went for a long run.
I guess this is the hardest thing about living far, far away from home.
But overall, I am very happy where I am. On my way home from acing my Chinese character test, I had a mini conversation (in Mandarin) with a nice man with a cute little dog. Taurin and I went out for sushi, and my uni roll melted in my mouth. Yum!
As always, there is a lot to look forward to. I am almost finished making plans for the upcoming year, and my dear friend Zeolite is coming to visit me here in Shanghai in just weeks. We may be headed on an adventure in Mongolia. I am looking forward to roasted lamb with homemade yogurt and colorful yurts in the desert.
And I’ve been receiving wonderful e-mails from my friends back home, now living all over the world–from D.C./Virginia, Brooklyn, to The Republic of Georgia.
P.S. Don’t you love letters, too? I’d love to hear from you: collectingmaps [at] gmail.com
“Only it takes time to be happy. A lot of time. Happiness, too, is a long patience.” – A quote by Albert Camus