The end of an era
09.08.2010 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.