Thank You for Reading

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

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Yesterday, the 30th, was my first full day at home.  I went to the mall with my mom, grandmother, and cousin to buy new shoes in the morning because China destroyed six pairs of my shoes.  There's a lot of gravel and broken glass on the streets and sidewalks.

For lunch, we went to a Chinese restaurant.  I just couldn't help myself.  The place is supposed to have the most authentic Chinese food in the city and it gets my stamp of approval.  The mapo dofu was different from the examples I've had in China because it had less oil and spices, but it still tasted like real Chinese food rather than Americanized Chinese food.

After lunch, we hung out at my grandmother's house, which doesn't sound particularly exciting but is because my family is boisterous and hysterical.  We had a fun afternoon together.  For dinner, my half-Iranian cousin Hossein cooked a Persian meal.  We had a salad of parsely, green onions, and radishes; two stews with beef, lamb, eggplant, and tomato; and rice with saffron, raisins, and nuts.  Hossein also made yogurt with cucumber and dillweed.  It was wonderful.

I think this will be my last entry.  In the upcoming days and weeks, I'll enjoy seeing my family and friends again, and though that's interesting to me, I don't think it will be interesting to everyone else.

I have no closing words of wisdom other than that travel is an experience that can't be matched by anything else, but being at home is great too.  I missed it more than I thought I did.

Thank you all for reading.  I didn't always feel like writing at night, especially after getting home from dinners at which Chinese friends made me eat way too much and Charles made me drink way too much, but I'm glad people enjoyed the blog and I'll miss it.
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erinnola on

I will miss reading about your travels- actually this is how I kept up with you when Skype was unavailable. What will I do every morning before I start my day? Maybe you can document the next adventure in your life- Maine.

albarnes on

Well done blog Larlar, I've benefited from it professionally as well and wound up in another city than my first choice. Your pragmatic approach to travel and keeping up with your blog are inspiring as well. Good luck to ya! And I for one vote that you will toss in an update from time to time.



albarnes on

Wow, I should proofread a bit more. I benefited from reading your blog and gleaned much valuable information from it.

larlar1286 on

Thanks Allen, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm considering starting a new blog that I'll update weekly (not daily!) once I move to Maine and start studying to be a midwife, but I'm not sure yet. I'd love to hear about your teaching experiences once you get to China.

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