Monday, September 03, 2012

yesterday was a good day.

I slept in until 9ish and then woke up to a friend request from my Dad on Facebook. This was nothing short of a miracle, so I was pretty excited. (He's not good at computers :) We chatted for quite a while and I did my best to answer all of his questions about China. (Yes, I'm safe. No, I'm not starving.)

Then I had a hot shower and blow-dried my hair for the first time since being here. I have a newfound appreciation for hairdryers. 

I walked the short distance to Solana, an indoor/outdoor shopping center, and made my first ever purchase at an H&M. I also explored a few other stores and bought a pair of comfy grey slippers and black flats. Because comfort and style are important, right?

And then came the caramel macchiato. I read and people watched and it was just like home, only better, because I was surrounded by people from all over the world. 

This downtime by myself was such a good thing. Especially because it was normal downtime, something I would do if I was at home in Fredericton.

P.S. I left my timezone on the blog as Atlantic Canada because I figured that would make sense for scheduled posts, like words for the weekend, but now I'm wondering if I should change it. Thoughts?


  1. Great photos! That mall looks like a "transition area" for Westerners.

  2. So happy to hear you are settling in well and enjoying your new surroundings. Take care.
    P.S. love your posts about China!

  3. My friend recently went to China to teach English. Is that why you are there as well?

  4. When I first moved to Calgary, I loved just going out on my own and exploring. I was pleasantly surprised at how I felt the most peaceful when I did that. I thought I was someone that always had to be around people, but this moving away thing is teaching me more and more about myself and who I am.

    It sounds like you are doing well, and my mind and heart are at ease knowing that you are happy. I can't wait to see pictures of where you are living!

    Miss you xoxo

  5. John - Thank you! And you're not far from the truth about Solana. It seems that a lot of people from North America and Europe shop there, but a lot of Chinese do, too.

    Dalyce - Thank you!

    Dana - I'm teaching preschool! It's not ESL, but it is in English :)

    Melissa - Moving has definitely taught me more about myself! I'll post photos of my apartment soon! Miss you, too!


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