Perception and Perspective

Trip Start Aug 25, 2010
Trip End Jun 29, 2011

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Flag of China  , Jiangsu,
Thursday, March 10, 2011

This evening, I pulled my journal out of my night stand drawer for the first time in six months.  Some friends from home named Amelia, Christian, Claudelle, and Sewall gave me the journal as a going away present, and I promised to write in it regularly.  I wrote in it during my 24 hour journey to China and for the first week after I arrived.  But once I started this blog, I stopped writing in my journal.  I couldn't keep up both, and there was really no point in recording my thoughts in two different places.

It's much easier and faster to type, and I can share this blog instantly.  However, I realized this evening after reading my meager journal entries that the thoughts therein are much more personal.  They're messy, unscreened, and admittedly a little embarrassing.  I knew nothing when I first arrived, which is only natural, but it's difficult for me to read now.  Not that I know so much about China now, but I've learned more than I initially thought possible in six months, and reading my initial lamentations about having nothing to eat besides crackers and jarred peaches now sounds ridiculous.  

It took me less than a week to get to Auchan (thanks to Charles), but the three days I spent with instant noodles, crackers, and jarred peaches seemed like an eternity at the time.  Perception and perspective are strange things. 

I have about three and a half months left here.  My first three and a half months, from the end of August to the middle of December, passed by slowly.  But I have a feeling my last three and half months won't.  I'm not ready to be done with China yet, and there are people I'm certainly not ready to say goodbye to.  I don't know whether the next three and a half months will make it easier or harder.  


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