A Welcome (back) of sorts....
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Sorry!!!!! Did you miss me?
While my heart-aches when I read statuses of drunk friends back home; whilst my eyes get misty when I think about my beloved Whitecaps FC debuting tomorrow and my seasons tickets rot away until I return; while my stomach yearns for a glass of skim milk; while my lungs desire fresh, delicious, sumptuous, Vancouver air...I also must admit that I love this place.
Shanghai, like any other place you may call home, grows on you. I am used to the traffic, the hustle, the bustle, the phlegm, the exhaust, the exhaustion and every one metropolis infused adjective or pronoun there might be.
This place feels like home, and that is a strange thing. But a good thing to.
So, for a quick update for all of you who are unaware as to what I have been doing since Christmas:
Shortly after New Years ( 2 days exactly) my vagabond house-guest, Nina, went to Laos, and South East China for a few weeks and left me and Daniella alone in the apartment - something we have not quite got accustomed to yet. Whence she returned, me and Daniella then buggered off on a 3 week jaunt around the southern hemisphere. Touching down in the following places: Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Singapore, Perth, Margaret River, and Hangzhou, we stretched our passports a far bit.
Malaysian food is out of this world...Perth is beyond beautiful...Singapore feels like a hot Vancouver...and that's all you need to know about my vacation. I think in the end I came home with a tan, and an extra 15 pounds. Remember in Lord of the Rings One when Merry says to Pippin: "What about second breakfasts?" Well, second breakfasts were a common thing for me in Malaysia....I suggest you all try them.
When we came home, we contemplated life and why returning from a vacation is thee most depressing thing one can experience. And then life got back on track. Nina left for Hong Kong, and we were alone again.
Nina then came home, and made us very happy indeed. It is clear that Daniella and I are not used to be alone together for very long... :) We are working on that.
Work has continued, and teaching is a trying profession. It grinds your soul down on a daily basis; but I'm working on liking it too.
But Shanghai has contined to be a breathe of fresh - albeit recycled and tinged with poison - air. There is plenty of opportunity for young people to stake a claim in this city whether it's financial, artistic or otherwise. I myself have reignited my love of acting - and now I am in a play with a dozen or so expats. And I have a leading role. No Big Deal!!!!! I'm guessing they were desperate!
So there it is. My life over the last few months. My sister has now left us again...for good. And our apartment is empty once again. Come visit if you want.
All the best.
ps: Go Whitecaps!!!
ps: Shanghai is earthquake proof...somebody please tell my mom.
ps: I'm staying in Shanghai for another year, and I'll be home for the summer. Pencil Luke Bennett based appointments into your day book. It'll be a good one.