The Beginning Of The End...

Trip Start Mar 01, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of China  , Shandong,
Friday, February 5, 2010

Anna and I are nursing hangovers this morning after Brett's birthday last night. We all enjoyed delicious pizzas at Biscotti in the Sofitel and consumed a few too many glasses of wine.
Today we start the final exams at school, marking the beginning of the end of our time here in Jinan. We've certainly had our ups and downs but overall it's been a great experience. Our focus now is looking ahead to March when we set off with our rucksacks and trusty Lonely Planet for South East Asia.
Preparations are going well though not entirely smoothly. Yesterday we had to go to the hospital for yet another chest x-ray in order to be granted our Australian work visas. The Australian Government seem to think that 6 months in China will have given us tuberculosis! Fun fun fun.

.....And so our time here in Jinan is drawing to an end!
 I remember all those many months ago thinking how the hell I was going to survive life in this godforsaken city and yet here I am almost 6 months down the line saddened at the thought of leaving.The truth is Jinan has become my home for the past few months and in a way I guess it's changed & shaped me...for example I'm a good stone heavier and more rotund than i was on entering China, I've traded healthy eating for a diet consisiting of 90% fat, I now have outrageously frizzy ginger hair after a terrible experience at a Chinese hair salon, and these days I don't think twice about leaving the house with no make up and sporting a pair of jogging bottoms!...
However, all jokes aside, despite being ready to escape the snail paced routine that has become my life here in Jinan, there really is a part of me that is sad to leave certain things behind and to have to say goodbye to those people who have made my stay in China a memorable one.
...So what will I miss I hear you say? I'll miss my 5 day "weekends", my favourite fried egg & tomato dish, strolling through the city square on a lazy afternoon and watching the world go by, hogging the microphone and singing my heart out at KTV, the remarkably carefree life I lead out here and of course Goldie Locks...

...But life goes on and so does the start of mine and Nicola's epic journey through South East Asia and so as Ivy Baker Priest so nicely put it:
"The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning."

(By Anna)
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Los niños y acompañantes se ven muy majos. Otra cosa es el nivel de educación en y para la libertad de pensamiento.
Quizás no esten tan olvidados del mundo como yo imaginé.

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