I’M HOME!

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I’m done, I’m done

Yesterday was my last day of work and it was absolutely amazing to have no students and to never have to go back there. Unfortunately, they didn’t pay me yet and I’m pissed about that. I’m supposed to get paid on the 7th of every month and a few weeks ago I went to them and made sure they would pay me for July, 6 days in August and the money for my flight. As always they screwed stuff up and didn’t have the right amount and they didn’t have the money ready for me. I was told I should get paid today or Monday. We’ll see if that happens, if not they will have one very UNHAPPY American coming in and they’ll wish they paid me already. Enough about the awful place though.

My mom made it safely to Helsinki where she will catch a direct overnight flight here. She’s had no problems that I know of so that’s great!  Tomorrow morning at the crack of dawn (no pun intended haha my mom’s name is Dawn)  I will be getting up to go to the airport to pick her up! I AM SO EXCITED! It’s been over 6 months since I’ve seen her. My company surprisingly has hired a car to bring me to the airport and pick my mom up AND they are taking us to dinner tomorrow night with my boss the dragon lady and few other people from work. I was actually shocked at this. They never do anything nice like that for us. It wasn’t my departments idea come to find out, it was actually the department that works with CIEE to bring Americans to Chongqing. That made sense because they are all super nice over there.

 I’ve been busy every day and every night for the last 2 plus weeks. I’ve been seeing all my friends and doing things to get ready to leave.I actually have a very busy schedule for the rest of time I’m in China. The whole time my mom is here is planned out basically.  There is just so much to do.  Today is my only rest day. I’m not really doing anything. Jared and I are gonna do a Harry Potter Marathon. (fun fact: I never saw or read Harry Potter until last week when Jared and I watched the 1st and 2nd movies) Then I have some food to make, so I’ll make Jared dinner. He’ll probably want to join the amazing breakfast that I have planned for tomorrow morning too. I’m going all out with eggs, bacon, french toast, coffee, oatmeal and English muffins with cream cheese.  Yummm. I want to give my mom a good breakfast and ease her into Chinese food. I mean they eat everything spicy and even eat spicy noodles for breakfast for heavens sake, that’s not normal for the rest of us. My mom doesn’t even like spicy food, while I’ve come to love it, so it should be interesting. I’m not only excited for her to get here, but to also get to travel around China. It’s going to be a GREAT trip!

Well, it looks like this is my last post for a while  🙂

ta ta for now everyone

The End is Near

I have exactly 5 days left of work. My mom will be here in 9 days. We leave to travel around China in 11 days. And I will be home in 21 days. How have 6 months gone by so fast? What happened to all that time I have in China? Or that snowy day in February when my passport was late and there was a giant snow storm on the East Coast causing me to miss my flight? Or that time a less than 2 hour flight lasted over 7 hours and I missed my flight to China? Or the day I turned 23 with so much time left in China. I only have 20 days left in China. I can’t believe it.

On one hand I am completely excited to come home and see all my friends and family. I get to see my mom in 9 days and I am beyond excited. I haven’t seen her in over 6 months and that is the longest I have gone without seeing her. Our trip is going to be amazing. We really are going to some of the best places in China. I have a lot of plans for when I get back too. I have a coming home party, the usual doctor’s appointments and a hair appointment to give that blonde hair a touch up, tickets to a Florida Georgia Line Concert and the State Fair, a trip to the Rhode Island, a Labor Day party to go to and on top of all of that I have to plan my adventure in Spain. If that even happens, because the process is so complicated and I haven’t even found out where I’m going yet.

On the other hand I am sad to go. I will miss all the friends I’ve made and the life I’ve created here. I will miss Jared more than anyone else in China. Why you might ask? Well you might be thinking that Jared and I are dating like everyone in our office, but no Jared and I are not dating. Jared is my best friend here in China. We know each other better than anyone else. We spend a lot of time together mostly because of work, since we work together, but we also have the same friends and sometimes have movie nights or get dinner together because we also live in the same building. He’s the one I talk to the most and the person I tell everything to. We’ve endured all the craziness of work and China together. So I will miss him a lot. I know that we will stay in touch and see each other again.

Moving is bittersweet. When you move abroad there is the excitement of going to a new place and starting a new life. You’ll miss your friends and family but you can stay in touch. You’ll learn another language and your native language will get worse. You’ll make new friends so fast, it’ll seem like you’ve known each other forever. You’ll get used to the food and the culture and anything that seemed weird or gross or different will just be normal everyday life. This new place becomes your home and even if you miss home, you can’t imagine being anywhere else.

When you move home there is also the excitement of seeing all your friends and family. You’ll get to have everything you’ve missed like mom’s home cooking or Dunkin Donuts. But there is the sadness that comes from leaving the friends you’ve made and the life you’ve created. Not to mention that most of us have no idea what to do when we get home. I put my life on hold and now I’m back to wondering what to do with my life.

I am excited, sad, anxious, and nervous all at the same time. I’ve had an amazing time here in China. I’ve gone to Hong Kong, Zhangjiajie or the Avatar Mountains, Langzhong, an ancient city and I’m going to Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, and Guilin. China is must bigger than you think. So that’s actually pretty good for someone who was only here for 6 months and had no vacation time. I really like living in China and I really like the spicy food. Everything is so cheap here too. I’m ready to go home though. I’ve enjoyed my time in China, but I’m ready to spend time with my family and friends, to get Dunkin Donuts and to be home again. I don’t know what is coming my way but I hope only good things are in my future.