August 5, 2014
My internet is having all sorts of fun issues when it comes to Tumblr but since it’s finally working again I hope to have a few good posts in the upcoming days.
Let me start with saying that I’ve been busy but it’s been because I’ve been busy with language, exploration, and meeting new people. I’ve had some amazing time already with my host mom, grandma, and host little brother but at this point you won’t see any pictures of my host dad because he was still in France finishing up his doctorate in environmental science.
I should backtrack a little bit and say that my I am blessed with a fantastic host family. They really are amazing and take great care of me. Whether it comes to quelling the swarms of mosquitos I dealt with when I first arrived at their residence or retrieving a simm card and phone they’ve always been exceptionally helpful and generous. My host family consists of my host dad(baba), host mom(mama), host little brother(didi), host grandma who I refer to as, a yi which means aunt and my host grandpa, who I refer to as uncle or shu shu. I can tell they’re all really happy to have their husband, son-in-law and dad back because we’ve been able to experience a plethora of wonderful things in the small amount of time he’s been back. Despite the fact that he’s still working on finishing up his dissertation we’ve been traveling a lot since he returned and meeting up with a bunch of his old friends.
The pictures you see above are from an ancient street in China near Chengdu. It’s changed a lot and now acts as a tourist destination and the street is filled with delicious snacks, beautiful clothes, expensive wines, and a handful of other gems to discover including some animals squished into spaces that are a little small for their large bodies, and 5D movies. I didn’t know you could go beyond 3D but 2 more dimensions have been added to some of the movies here. As a science undergraduate I struggle with the concept of adding even a single dimension to the world in which I live but perhaps I shouldn’t let marketing and advertisements bug me. =)
While walking around the ancient town street we ate snacks, took pictures, enjoyed open squares where festivals were recently celebrated and relaxed.
This was my first real trip in China with my homestay family and something that I’ll always remember. After the trip we went to pick my host dad up from the airport!