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Zai Jian

It's time to go home.

sunny 36 °C

My last blog entry in Changzhou, China.

It's been an amazing 6 weeks. I never would've imagined the friends, the HEAT, the awkwardness, the laughter, the baos and the dumplings, the adventures.

I'm going to miss having the freedom and the independence that all of us have here, taking care of ourselves and making sure everything gets done - studying, washing clothes, showering, eating, everything. I'm going to miss walking down the street back home when the sun sets in the distance, past the yummy restaurants and the old people fanning themselves with the free fans that are passed out everywhere. I'm going to miss eating practically-free food and drinking extremely cheap boba drinks.

But.

I'm not going to miss sleeping on bamboo beds. I'm not going to miss this insane heat, and the stares that all of the non-Chinese people get, and the stares that I get for speaking "ying wen" with them. I'm not going to miss waking up at 6 am every day, nor am I going to miss the millions of mosquito bites I get everyday.

I officially ate my first meal at home last week. I had been eating dinner out at restaurants every night since the first day I got into Changzhou, maybe because my mom was lazy or maybe because she thought I enjoyed eating out. It's strange to eat at home after 4 weeks straight of eating at different restaurants. You don't know how tired I am of my favorite foods - shaolimbao (juicy pork dumplings), fermicelli (glass noodles), noodles in general.. (just kidding I could never be tired of those..) perhaps even boba drinks o.o

I'm excited to be going to college right when I fly back to America, so the independence, the lively nightscenes, and the friends will all be part of my life still even though the background and the setting has changed.

We took our Mandarin proficiency test today, and surprisingly we didn't do that bad on it. Although we haven't learned as much as we could've, we went from 0 to 50 in only (3.5 - jk.. rihanna reference anyone..) 6 weeks.
Tonight's our last night in Changzhou, and Miranda and I are hoping to get pedicures/manicures and go swimming :) We're taking a train out at 9:50 pm tomorrow night, and unfortunately we don't get beds. We do however get "soft seats".. haha.

Great quotes from the past few days:

My sister at dinner: "The guy volunteers think you're sexy. You know, Troy.. Kyle.. I don't know why though. I don't think..." (she trails off)
Me: "Aw thanks."
haha well thats my sister for ya. at least she speaks the truth! she did say she'll miss me when i leave though. even though she'll perhaps miss my sat/american college advice more than anything else.

ben: "sometimes you just have to be a bunny when you eat. it's way more fun"

To rachael/sarah: "well i guess we have no choice but to get run over by this bus coming very fast towards us."

Shoutouts: 包字三musketeers :) <333 love you two.
inhaler best friend i'll see you in NYC :D
fernando: you better visit when you come to nyc!

joseph's birthday is on aug 14 but we celebrated yesterday. he's going to have a 36 hour birthday because we're on the plane!

Well, everything's coming to an end. I don't know how else to summarize this trip except to say: "Oh my Lady Gaga." Pretty much sums up everything.

Small intro/chinese blurb. Here we go:
我叫chloe。 我是美国人克是中国人。我不会说普通话可是我会说英文。我爱常州。
yay! i wrote that without a translator! whoo hoo

Anyways.. we're flying to Beijing tomorrow for the end of stay orientation, then flying to Newark. See you back in America! zai jian one last time :)

Posted by cuhloe 22:02 Archived in China Tagged living_abroad

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