Well as most of you have probably figured out, I'm home, safe and sound and boy do I have some stories to tell!
First off, lets talk about the remainder of my China adventure! After my Gotcha Day (well thats what I call my adoption day, I've never really cared if it was politically correct or not), we as a summer staff were surprised with a camping trip to the Great Wall. Yes, I said a camping trip to THE Great Wall! Seriously, who even hears about that kind of stuff? For all that I've done in these nineteen short years on this earth, few things have come remotely close to what I experienced in those mountains of Gubeikou.
It was a great time to just slow down and sit in wonder of this amazing structure. We were in a very remote part of the Wall that was not as well kept as the bigger tourist sections. I've always been a fan of ruins so this six plus hour hike just took the cake. By the time we got to our campsite, the sun was setting and we were exhausted. But it was the good kind. However, we were thankful to sit down to a nice meal and a campfire!
We knew that our time together was coming to an end and that reintegrating ourselves back to whatever our lives were before would be our next challenge. I'm thankful for the time that I had in China and for the people that I got to experience it with. They were all absolutely amazing and would forever be my China Family.
Coming home was definitely hard, as was to be expected. I was very happy to see friends and family again, but I did miss the sort of independence that I had in China. As previously mentioned in probably some other post, I've been out of the country before, but I had never just been by myself, I had always traveled with friends or family before. Even being in college. I go to school in my home town so my parents are literally down the high way.
When I was here I really did feel like it was the real world. Working a nine to five "job" per say, and being able to hang out and explore at my own pace without any usual pressures of school or other obligations. The responsibility did freak me out at first, but by the middle of the internship, I found myself thinking that I could get used to this. I could see this as something to make a life out of. What a scary thought.
Well Now that I've been back for about three months, school is back in full swing. This week was midterms and being the irresponsible young adult I am, I'm blogging instead of studying...
It seems as though I am back to real life and that my time there was almost like a dream. Or is this the dream? Almost like an alternate reality, my life here at school and my life in China were just completely separate.
I was fortunate enough to see Nick and Stephanie last weekend, in Texas nonetheless. That was when my two worlds collided and it made my head spin. It was absolutely wonderful to see them in another context, reminiscing about the adventures we had and telling stories we may have missed the first time. It was exciting to hear about their next adventure to Europe! They have given me so much advice about travel and life in general. I'm so glad to be able to call them friends! Their adventures can be found on their website !! They are truly inspiring and if you ever need to find a reason to travel, all it takes is one conversation with them and you'll be sold.
Now all I guess that's left to say is this, college is definitely hard and I miss having adventures abroad. But it doesn't mean that my life here can't be one as well! Right now I'm just trying to make the most of what's in front of me. I have great friends and live in a wonderful place! I don't know what God has in store for me next, but for now I'm just going with it!
Until next time!