It has been a turn or two of the moon since I last posted! I’ve been here and there and everywhere, and now I’ve finally come to a halt long enough to go back and update on all the places I’ve been and all the thinks I’ve thunk!
The last time I wrote I was just about to leave China and head home to the good ol’ US of A, and true to my word that is where I am now. Currently, I’m sitting eating caramel apples and drinking various fall flavored beers with my dad in a place I consider to be my favorite place in the world. That may be tied with my bed at home when I’ve had a very long day, but for the most part this small state park in the south of Ohio is where I am at my most relaxed. My family has been coming here since before I was born, and in the past few years or so I haven’t been able to make it to Lake Hope. But this year, I assume because fate wanted me to stay sane (I appreciate it, fate), the week my parents were coming down here fell at just the perfect time.
When I returned home from China, I spent a wonderful 2 ½ weeks at home drinking tasty micro brews and sharing the ‘splendor’ that is baiju with those that I love and therefore want to torture. I then turned my coming home party into a coming home/going away party as I hopped on another plane to head to Big Bear, California to begin a job with an organization called International Student Volunteers.
I then spent the next 2 months and some change traveling around the country to a different university every week to inform students about the programs offered by International Student Volunteers. It was at times, OK most of the time, a frustrating and arduous position. It was not nearly as glamorous as I thought it was when I began, however, it was an extremely valuable learning experience and for that, I am forever grateful for it.
I spent the last 2 months working 16 hour days, 6 days a week. Compare that to the 14 hours a week I was working for the past year in Hangzhou and it comes with somewhat of a shock to the system.
This is why, dear explorers, that I have not updated in so long. But have no fear! I have more blogs to post about China and Thailand! I fully intend to continue this blog even though I am no longer living abroad. I am actively seeking a new job now since my last position was only a contract position, so who knows where I will end up next! Who knows what kind of misadventures I can get into stateside? I personally can’t wait to see.
Back soon, fellow explorers!
Until then: Adventure is out there, so never stop exploring!