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And then the Acupuncture doc did some Chinese cupping/bleeding. This basically meant he put a few little bam-bam-bam-bam-bam holes in my skin, then heated the inside of a glass cup, and suctioned it right over the area. Leaving this on for a few minutes drew out the blood and stagnant qi from this area. Oh boy how I love Chinese medicine.
So from taking the wrong bus and getting beautiful lost to redirecting the flow of my qi, my last few weeks ...
... like those glossy brochures sitting outside the office back home.
And that's not to say that it isn't good. No, far from. These last two and a half months have been full of new things and fantastic adventures. From climbing the Great Wall, to exploring the Bund, to walking on the beach late at night, I have tasted a sweetness of freedom like I've never before. I have seen things I ...
... me in the eye and said "Well that's a man's field, and it's just not proper for a woman to study such a masculine thing. I mean, you wouldn't really want to become the President right?" The other students in the group looked nervous and shifted back and forth, but luckily the international crisis was adverted on this occasion. "Well I mean, I wouldn't really mind" I said with a laugh, as I quickly maneuvered the conversation out of anything threatening to ...
Our group took a day trip a little up the coast to Quanzhou on Wednesday, and the sights took my breath away. Some for the scope of their exquisite and intricate massiveness, and some for the details of devotion on a 2000 year old rock. The day was full of wonder, yet again. The town is often thought to be the end/beginning of the Silk Road, and was thus diversely populated for thousands of years. The religious diversity evident in ...
... yet still, the aloe white grape juice that I simply adore, the fruity mentos they have on the second floor, the books I'm reading, the emails from home, the little spark of hope and joy and peace. There are moments where I see the grand adventure I'm on, and I know that it is good.
My friends, this isn't easy. But I know that it will be worth ...