Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Zai Jian

Zai Jian(再见) = Goodbye
(Expect all blog titles to be in Mandarin.  I'm learning the language and if you're reading this, you will learn too!)

I think I'm down to 5 days.  I'm not positive because I don't really like to keep track.  Whenever I have a countdown I focus more on the diminishing number rather than making the most of the numbers I DO have left.  [tangent over]  What I do know is that I have been having a fabulous summer filled with a wedding, wedding planning (for friends), hanging with friends, way too much food, dance, dance, more dance, and family time.  That is exactly how I want things to be.  Nothing big.  I like simple.

The closer it gets to me leaving, the more I realize how short of a time it will be.  A year.  One year.  I want to hit the 100 mark so 1 year is a maximum of 1% of my life.  No big deal.  I'm supposed to be in China.  I'm 22 years old.  I have no clue what I'm going to do with the rest of my life.
China will be an adventure.
... a learning experience.
... a time of growth.
... a testing of relationships.
... something new.
... incredible.

I am going into this expecting nothing less than greatness.  Why set my expectations low?

So here is the breakdown of what I know now, since everyone always wants to know:
-July 3: fly to China
-Tour for a few days
-English camp for 10 days
-English camp somewhere else for a number of days
-Move into my apartment(?)
-Start teaching in August

That's all I know for now.  I know I will not have internet access til mid July so don't expect much until then.  But once I do have internet, expect the stories and pictures to come in bulk.  I can't wait to share all of my adventures with everyone.  Even if my mom ends up being the only one who reads this, it'll be well worth it.

If I don't get another post on here before I leave I want to make sure I say one last thank you (while I'm still in the states) to everyone who has been supporting me as I prepare for this.  I have the greatest support system and everyone is remembered everyday for that.  AND.... come visit me!!! Or email, skype, leave a comment on here, Facebook, snail mail, whatever!

再见 美国。 你好 中国。
Zai jian mei guo.  Ni hao zhong guo.
Good bye America.  Hello China.

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful Hailey! You are going to love it and I think you might feel later that one year is too short! What city are you going to be in, or if you know, where is the nearest airport? My advice to you is try to see and do as much as you possible can in your free time. Praying for a great year for you!!!