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.
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.