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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

The end of an era

sunny 90 °F

I realized the other day that I've used all of the major forms of transportation for extended periods of time on this trip. I've had a 14 hour plane trip (which will be a round trip), a 14 hour bus ride (also a round trip), and a 10 hour train ride (again, round trip). I feel pretty confident in saying that I'm an expert at these modes of transportation by now. Although admittedly, there isn't much to learn.

Yesterday, during some extended free time, I went shopping near the school with Chloe, Mikaela, Julie Ann, and Shu. I bought a t-shirt that has a panda saying "hello!" on the front and some poorly translated English on the back. I feel like it's truly Chinese. We also stopped by a bookstore, and Mikaela and I both bought English copies of Pride and Prejudice to read on the plane. I feel pretty good about it, since I know I can't just do We The People homework that whole time and now I have something with literary value to pass the time with. I'm excited.

Last night, my family gave me end-of-stay gifts. It made me really sad. The gifts were beautiful, and I'm really upset to be leaving now. As I said yesterday, I've been jumping back and forth with my emotions on that subject. I guess it's a good thing for me to be going home now. It's time. I'll miss everyone here, but I'm ready to be home.

We all have a lot to go home to. Several people are starting college next year. A bunch of us are going home to college applications (yippee). The majority of us are going back to high school. I think we'll all look at it differently. I hope that I get the opportunity to do a presentation about this experience or something. That would be fun.

Zai jian!

Posted by MAx1992 21:19 Archived in China Tagged living_abroad

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Well, Miranda, now that you are a seasoned traveler, which mode was the most fun? And why? I sort of like trains since I can walk around and you are very aware of the local scenery, but it's probably the worst when you are trying to sleep at night in an upright chair!

by Bob Axworthy

The end of the trip is often the hardest. You can console yourself with the knowledge that you will certainly be back. We're looking forward to having you back home.

by AAxworthy

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