I’m only feeling a bit melancholy because it’s the end of the day here in the suburbs. My neighborhood is already asleep and there is nowhere to go. In retrospect, today was a pretty good day. The weather was tame and it didn’t rain. I even talked to Taurin. After work I met up with my old housemates for dinner and wine at an Indian restaurant. We chatted about our love/hate relationship with academia and life after graduation.
Well, I finished my undergraduate studies a semester early because I wanted to learn from “real” life away from the structural biases/limitations of an educational institution. I guess I couldn’t quite stay away. I found myself registering for classes at UNAM in Mexico and I’ll be a full time teacher this upcoming year. I think I wouldn’t mind having a nice post-dinner conversation with Derrida about why we can’t/won’t stay away.
On a lighter note, here are a few photos of me wearing a handmade skirt from a mountain village in Northeast Thailand. It was a gift. Also, a couple photos of all the yummy Korean desserts I’ve been making lately. My mom and I have been taking a traditional Korean dessert cooking class together.
I can hardly believe I’ll be moving to Shanghai in just a few weeks.
There is a cheap literature that speaks to us of the need of escape. It is true that when we travel we are in search of distance. But distance is not to be found. It melts away. And escape has never led anywhere. The moment a man finds that he must play the races, go the Arctic, or make war in order to feel himself alive, that man has begin to spin the strands that bind him to other men and to the world. But what wretched strands! A civilization that is really strong fills man to the brim, though he never stir. What are we worth when motionless, is the question.
-Antoine De Saint-Exupery