Day 27: BF Brought Me Sushi :)

Day 27: BF Brought Me Sushi :)

The Grass is Always Greener

As an expat in Hangzhou, China, I live in a small community and I sometimes feel isolated. I don’t exactly have a plethora of friends to choose from. This leads to a lot of moping and thinking about people who have more than me.

For these reasons, I decided to try listing the stuff I’m grateful for.

  1. My research might get published soon!
  2. I will presenting at a conference in June.
  3. I received a Scholar award - hey at least someone thinks I’m scholarly.
  4. I have a boyfriend who loves and accepts me.
  5. His family has been really nice and caring - no monster-in-laws!
  6. I’ve gotten along pretty well with my students. Enough so that some have made me cookies, given me gifts, invited me to their homes.
  7. I’ve traveled to many places, which isn’t a luxary many people have.
  8. My family loves me.
  9. Friends remember me and occassionally send me mail. 
  10. I received my Master’s degree at age 22.

Never forget to give thanks!

Day 26: McDonald’s Matcha Ice Cream

Day 26: McDonald’s Matcha Ice Cream

Day 25: Finally

Day 25: Finally

Basically, all the cast of Scandal have been on The Good Wife…

Too much free time.

Day 24: Lunch with an old friend

Frank! One of my first students at HDU.

Day 24: Lunch with an old friend

Frank! One of my first students at HDU.

Day 22/23: Relaxation in Huzhou

Sadly, I missed a day because we were so busy and I didn’t think about taking pictures. :( Overall, the weekend was good! Except at the train station, some people cut us in line and got tickets we would have had if rules were followed… China.

Left pic: the same dog I see almost every time I go to Gavin’s house.

Right: Gavin’s dad’s cooking!

Day 21: En route to Huzhou

Day 21: En route to Huzhou

Day 20: Resting day…

I haven’t taken any pics today since I’ve been a hermit. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I feel I can’t forge life-long friendships with any of the foreigners here… Or at least I haven’t yet. It could be my lack of ability to trust others, but I feel I can’t rely on anyone else here besides my boyfriend. At least I’ll be home soon with people I feel understand me.

Ok so this wasn’t a very happy day, but seeing this fact about Paul Walker made me happy!

Day 20: Resting day…

I haven’t taken any pics today since I’ve been a hermit. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I feel I can’t forge life-long friendships with any of the foreigners here… Or at least I haven’t yet. It could be my lack of ability to trust others, but I feel I can’t rely on anyone else here besides my boyfriend. At least I’ll be home soon with people I feel understand me.

Ok so this wasn’t a very happy day, but seeing this fact about Paul Walker made me happy!

Day 19: Another long English corner day

Ranting and rambling from mainland China.

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