I’m back in China today, but I’m not sure what time zone my head’s in right now. I woke up at 5am this morning, which isn’t too bad considering past jetlag experiences.
Canada….wow, what a great trip home. The weather was absolutely perfect; how is it possible to snag the only 25-30 degree days in Canada’s October? I spent two days in North Bay with Dad, then headed down to farm country to see Mom.
While in North Bay I ran into, of all people, Dana Deathe. Dad and I were sitting in a small café drinking smoothies when I saw her walk by the window. I turned to Dad and said, “did that look like Dana Deathe to you??” I ran outside and called her. We had a flabbergasted conversation, then I gave her my e-mail address. Hopefully she’ll get in touch soon. I hadn’t seen her since high school.
Above all else, my trip home reminded me of how lucky we are in Canada. Every expanse of trees just left me zonked by the beauty of the land. After five months of cities and countryside that might as well be city, I’d partly forgotten what nature really is like. I’m now really looking forward to next spring, when I will likely return home.
So I had five days in Canada, all told. I went swimming in Lake Nippissing, sailing in Cook’s Bay, and swimming again in Georgian Bay, among other things. I also ate hotdogs, hamburgers, salads, wraps, turkey, ice cream, and apple pie. It was a good trip.
Yesterday….I got in to Zhengzhou at 7am yesterday morning. After breakfast with Richard, a brother of a friend of mine who has come from Canada also, we decided to go bungee jumping on the fly. So we walked to a nearby park, paid our 50 Yuan each (8 dollars), and got strapped in to harnesses 7 storeys up. It was nuts…I don’t think the straps were designed for bungee jumping, because when I finally stepped off the platform and put my faith in Chinese workmanship, I felt my back crack and my leg joints contract. Anyways, it was awesome. Richard and I gathered a crowd of at least 100 people at the base of the scaffolding. I shouted “HELLO!” just before taking the plunge.
I’ve got classes again today. And big travel plans; how big depends on whether I get my three-day weekend as planned. I’ll let you know soon.