I’m starting to wonder if China could well be the great love of my life.
I have loved China for as long as I can possibly remember. I’m pretty sure this has been the case ever since I watched that great other yellow topped dork Big Bird in China on his mission with Barclay to find the Phoenix when I was mega little (if you’ve not seen it, it’s pure 80’s brilliance and definitely a throwback in time) but regardless, China has somehow always been in my life.
During the year that I lived in Changzhou way back in 2004 and had no idea that I had met my now husband along with many people I’m lucky to still count as great friends (Ni Hao Natalie, Caz, Andy, Bex and the crew!!). I’m not sure if it’s still the done thing to teach English in China for a year after finishing uni, but that was probably the most life-changing 12 months I’ve had – no offence to the education system or the incredible opportunities that my studies have afforded me, but one year in China changed me more than five years of trying to find myself at university.
China somehow keeps permeating into my daily life and I’m probably going to have to sign up to some form of Mandarin training once the nine-month old starts to sleep through the night and my ability to concentrate returns…
And I’m starting to wonder if we’re due a visit again soon, maybe once the kids are no longer too annoying to fly with. I can imagine I’d hardly recognise it now. Back then it took two hours to get to Shanghai from the town we lived in, apparently now it’s just 20 minutes on the high speed line.
China, I can’t get you, your incredible history, your phenomenal food, your mind boggling culture, hospitable people, yellow mountains and rivers, grand canals, beautiful temples, crazy trains, varieties of tea and well-constructed bike highways out of my head. Somehow, you’ve stuck to me and I like you.
This post is part of Emma, Kelly and Rebecca’s travel link up with this month’s guest host Liz from Passport Packed. Fancy checking out what others can’t get out of their head? Then head over to one of their fabulous blogs.