In three days, I will be on a plane heading to Chile. It’s been an interesting year, with many ups and downs. I am happy to say that I have come through all of the ups and downs as a stronger, more determined person.
Despite having things I won’t miss, there are definitely things I will miss about being here.
- The kids. The kids I have taught this past year have taught me so much – they taught me that I have more patience than I thought I did! They have shown me that I am a good teacher and that they have learned confidence in themselves, which has made me more confident in return. The hugs, the shouts of Louisa in the streets, running up to me to say hi – I am going to miss them so much! Can I bring them with me? Maybe a few? haha
- The food – I am definitely going to miss the food here!! Noodles, dumplings, beef and rice, chicken and rice, tofu, the produce – the list just goes on and on. The food was delicious and cheap – my two favourite things!! I will be on the lookout to try Chinese food wherever I go, just to compare. I will be happy to compare it to what I have had here.
- The generous nature of the Chinese people – at least where I live. I don’t know what it is like in the southern part of China, but for the most part, the people I have met here have been so generous and so kind to me. I have really been lucky with the people I have encountered.
- The greenness of this area that I live in – such an odd thing to say but they really keep my area nice. There are lots of trees, a beautiful park area to walk in and have picnics, and of course the community garden. I am sure I will find beautiful areas to walk in once I get to South America, but I will miss that about this area.
- The friends that I have made here – Zero, Cinderella, Nancy, Cassie, Blaze, Michael and so many others – teachers and friends – they have made my time here very special.
- Nanhu Park – Changchun does not have a lot of touristy places to see. Nanhu Park is a big and beautiful park and lake in the middle of the city – it was a nice escape and made the city almost seem like it was smog free. It was a great place to walk.
- The school – Livon was a special place to teach. The school looked like a mall. Lots of modern amenities. The atmosphere was great. I was very lucky to have been placed in the best school in Changchun!
I am sure that, as I continue on with this journey of mine, I will realize how much I miss other things about China. It is inevitable to happen but these are the things that I know I will miss the most.