Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 7:30pm 中国time!
I spent this whole past week with my roommate because we both knew it was our last week together. So every day of this week, we pretty much spent all our time together, which was perfect because she had so much homework to do (English homework that I helped her with!) and I had a LOT of packing. But over the weekend, I had to decide what was the most important, most favorite places, most worthwhile places to go before I leave China. That being said, my roommate and I went to IKEA.
But it was a disappointment. We were so excited (as you can see from the picture), took a really long bus ride there, but when we go there, it was just like in America… except full of Chinese people- oh, big surprise…but the great thing is that Chinese people are so hilarious. This is what we found. It was also my roommate’s first time there, so she took pictures of the Chinese people with me. We were swiping pictures like it was our business:
We found out that a lot of Chinese people do photoshoots of their kids there…
Stop and have conversations about life as if nobody is around…
Teach their kids how to box with the furniture…
And just basically look like they live there. The lady on the right is drawing a picture. I saw it from where I was standing, but you can’t see if here. It was a really intricate picture, hmm, why do that here?
But all along we should have known that if we wanted to see really interesting things, we should have just looked outside. This guy seemed to been having a good nap on the lawn outside of the store. Hmm, go figure..
But on the other hand, my roommate and I did a lot of reflecting. On Sunday, since it was our last time together, LiXiao took me to every place she could think of, gave me everything that she could think of to eat that I haven’t yet tried. It makes me emotional just thinking about all the time we’ve spent together and how much I’ll miss her.
our name tags on the door.
We had roast fish, something that she always wanted to take me to, except it was way to expensive whenever we found a place. This time, it was a good price, and sooo good!
Us waiting for the bus early in the morning…
Haha, in IKEA
At the end of the day, we were really tired and then we ended up sitting on the street, reflecting about the semester. We talked about how much we’re going to miss each other, and how we are going to keep in touch. We took a picture to save this memory. I miss her so much, already!
But the next morning I was ready to go…
So then on Monday morning, I took a cab to the airport and I saw the last of my friends for a while…
Well, it’s finally over, but China has left me a lot of lessons, and even as I was departing. When I entered the airport this morning, everything was already changing. The bathrooms actually had toilet paper. It’s definitely not China anymore.
China definitely does NOT have water fountain
I feel like China taught me that life is never easy, that there’s always going to be those “mishaps” I talked about in my first entry at the airport going to China. When I entered the airport to get back to America, the Air China flight I took was delayed and then when we landed, we experienced turbulence, so I my flight was late by a total of about an hour, I’d say. I had to pick up my luggage after I got off in JFK, but after getting all my luggage, which is like probably my weight (which is a lot! ;), I was covered in sweat, and still ended up missing my flight from JFK to Boston. That half an hour was the most tiring, frustrating moment of my time. But in actuality, it is not all that bad. Yes, I took a flight that was 5 hours later than I expected, but I’m going places, moving forward. Some people in China cannot. It’s weird to think how many Chinese people would love to come to the United States, and it is even weirder to see Asian people here and hear them speak perfect English.
I was not happy…
5 hours of this at JFK…
It’s weird being back in the U.S. Here are some of the things I bought at the JFK airport (that are definitely not Chinese!) while waiting for my final flight to Boston:
We never had raw vegetables in China like this. Sometimes there were cherry tomatoes, but never raw broccoli because that’s just so strange to Chinese people, steamed broccoli, anyone?
It’s funny because in China, I really did stick a straw in a coconut!
”我会想中国” meaning, “I will miss China”.
I have been saying this a lot lately, and it’s weird, but maybe it’s because studying abroad in China wasn’t just like a boring conference that was mandatory, like attending a class for a requirement, or going on a vacation where we just ate and slept and played all day. We did all that, but we also had a lot of awkward moments where we thought we were going to die from the pollution or get hit by a car or got cheated out of spending too much money on something that was half that price in the hole-in-the-wall=place right next door. Maybe it’s because I’m just really bad at saying good bye. So I guess it’s that time, though. Good bye CET.
And good bye China, or as the Chinese say, 再见! (until we see again）
China has been great, and although I’m not in 中国 time anymore, I’ll never forget my time in China.
Thanks for reading, I hope you read something worthwhile in your life, and I hope you have some good adventures soon!