Building a Life in Chengdu

When my alarm went off at 0400 the morning I left, I thought to myself “What the HELL am I doing?” Why was I leaving my good life, friends, & city to go live someplace across the world and far from a beach where I know no one.

I’ve now been here in China for just over a week and sometimes I still wonder. But I also felt that way in 2008 when I arrived in Japan for 5 weeks; yet by the end I was having such a great time and didn’t want to go home.

So I’ll stick it out for a while and see what develops. After spending my first 5 nights in a travelers hostel, I now have an apartment and started daily Chinese classes this week, and have been spending hours a day wandering the streets exploring my new town and its eats.

2 Comments so far

  1. Werner on October 12th, 2010

    Welcome to Chengdu, mate! This is a wonderful city, full of fun (and frustrating) contrasts! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do :)
    Btw, I linked the Panda Hash House Harriers’ website, good place to meet new people. Give us a shout if u want to join!

  2. Barbara C on October 17th, 2010

    This sounds promising Jim!!
    …and I thought “I” was the only one that felt this was when I’ve traveled. ^-^ I hope to do better keeping up w/your fb & blog. Wish you all the best for a fulfilling experience abroad. I know you’re going to love it!
    B ~

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