sorry I’ve been MIA for a week or so. My readership dropped drastically in the last week as I’m now back home in Vancouver and my family and friends stopped reading this blog.
Nonetheless, I figure I should write a little conclusion post to end this blog. First of all, I didn’t want to be one of those people who leave their blog un-updated for no published reason (its frustrating if you follow a blog, and the author just stops posting for no reason). And secondly, I wanted to reflect a little on my experiences as a whole, now that I’m home and all.
Well, first of all, I’ve been home for a week now and all I’ve done is spend time with my family and friends, enjoying the remainder of Vancouver’s gorgeous summer time! With no specific structure in my life, my sleeping schedule is completely thrown off.
Now that I’m back home in the city, I appreciate things about home that I never used to think about before. I missed carpeted floors terribly in Asia. It is so hot there that no homes would have carpet, and I really missed the feeling of my bare feet on carpet. Strange, isn’t it?
At the same time, part of me thinks about the slow provincial life that I had in the garden. Back there, I would wake up, take a 5 minute shuttle to the office, walk to the cafeteria for lunch, and then a 5 minute shuttle to the dorms at the end of the day. The walk into town was 15 minutes across a suspension bridge, and there are two supermarkets to buy everything I needed. It was simple, but the lack of options made things very easy and uncomplicated.
I know I have some tough times during my trip, and the hardest part was being alone all the time. But at the end of the day, I could honestly say that it was a positive experience for me, and even the tough times were necessary for me to learn about myself and grow as a person.
Now, what to do with this blog…. I will definitely leave it up for however long I can. I think it would be nice for me to go back and read my blogposts later. My blog was my way of showing my family and friends what a different world rural China (Yunnan province) was like. However, a secondary purpose that I never wrote about on here was to show other people interested in the area regarding life in this part of the world. When I found out I was going to Xishuangbanna, I could hardly find any information online about the daily life in this area. Not a lot of information is put online about this area of China and I spent hours on google to try and find out more information. Thus, I hope the next person looking to visit this area could come across this and be a little more informed about it!
Anyways, I’d like to leave this blog post with one of my favourite pictures that didn’t make it onto the blog! Here is a picture of me right after finishing the 28 Bends while hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge! The views are fantastic and looking at that picture, I feel so alive after accomplishing such an amazing feat!