I moved to China two weeks ago. Right now, so much is unsettled about my life. My visa is still in the works, my Chinese has yet to move past 10 phrases, my iPhone continues to be on the fritz, and I still can’t handle the Beijing heat with much grace. But, my moments of Aha! have increased greatly in recent days. Partially this comes from having a job and thus a sense of purpose in life. That was lacking from my life since the close of April, and I never realized how much I would loathe being wholly untethered. Schedules, responsibilities, people who count on me — these are what we all complain about but I’ve found them just as necessary for enjoying life as sadness is for enjoying joy.
Please pardon my existential moseying. I read “Into the Wild” on the plane over.
Now to the fun stuff: one trip to Tiananmen Square led to four requests from Chinese people wanting to take a photo with me and my friend Ashley. That doesn’t sound too crazy, but I didn’t factor in the countless other times people used us as their background while they posed 5 feet away.
That’s all for today — one CrazieChinaLol, one introspective handjob. I have more posts planned already, such as finding the perfect Beijing Belly (requires photo evidence), Chinese Students Say the Darndest Things (often racist!), and the Beijing yoghurt diet (have yet to see if it works…). Stay tuned!!