my iphoto album of this past month has more photos in it than my album of pictures from freshman year at harvard. even after leaving the orphanage this morning, i keep looking at all of the pictures because the kids all are so cute and adorable. it makes me happy to think of the time i spent with them because i think it was refreshing to be around so many crazy hyper kids after the stressfulness that comes with harvard.
so many kids and so many peace signs! 🙂 i’m going to miss them!
but this morning, i left to go to beijing for a couple of weeks! jiaozuo is kind of in the middle of nowhere which meant i had to take a car to zhengzhou and then a train from there to beijing. i was originally going to take a bus to zhengzhou but yanfang suggested that i take a taxi service that she knew of instead. i agreed but was surprised this morning when i found out it was a black taxi. so i ended up sitting in the middle seat of this random car driven by a random guy with three other random people for an hour and a half until i got to the zhengzhou train station. needless to say, it was one of the sketchiest and not fun hours. but it’s okay because i got to the train station with twenty minutes to spare and was the first one on my train!
the train ride was pretty long but at first i was sitting next to a bunch of old people who seemed to be coming back from a vacation. they were so cute laughing along with each other and constantly cracking jokes with each other. i hope that when i get old, i’ll have a group of friends like that too! it was funny because they were fascinated by the fact that the seats could recline and that there were tray tables and a place to fill up their water bottles.
snacks for the train ride: hard boiled eggs from the orphanage (my first eggs in three weeks! ah), koala bears, peach juice (SO GOOOOD), mini sesame biscuits, and 3+2 coffee sandwich cookies. YUMMY! and after five hours, i finally arrived in beijing!
i’m going to have to be really independent in beijing, figuring out my way around and how to get places. i’m a bit nervous but also kind of excited to see what happens these next few weeks!