Thursday, two days before we leave. Today, I thought about the things here in XiZhou that I'll miss. People. I'll miss all the people at the Linden Center for being so friendly, welcoming, and helpful thoughout the while microcampus. As well, I'll miss the friendly attitude of the workers on the farm, and how they say 'hi' back when we say hi. Weather and skies. The skies are blue and the clouds are white. It's sunny with the occasional cool breezes. I'll miss the bird calls in the morning, and the peacocks at Yang's Guesthouse callling earlier than my alarm clock starts ringing. In the skies of Shanghai, you see small brown birds. Here, you see blue-and-white majestic birds, fat white ones, more variety. Did you know I saw a rainbow today? How often do you see raindows in Shanghai? Food. Though I'll be glad to go to restaurants in Shanghai and eat food from different cultures, it would be incorrect to say I wouldn't miss the XiZhou Baba, mi xian, and dessert sweets. In school, I can't just walk to Si Fang Jie whenever I want to eat, I'll have to follow the schedule and eat in the cafeteria. The food at the Linder Center is amazing too. The freshly made breakfast pancakes... wow. I'll miss having a six-course meal (including rice) every night. The food's organic, delicious, and cooked well. What more could you ask? Ambience. When you're quiet here, you can hear the trees rustling in the wind, the clop-clop-clop of horse carts, the calls of birds. There's no traffic. It feels more relaxed here, and you feel like you have more time because without the hustle and bustle around you, you can close your eyes and breathe. The view. Stand on something high and look around. Stand on anything with elevation (terrace, third floor roof of a building...) and you'll see that what you see below you can't be matched by the skyscrapers of Shanghai. Fields, old houses, skyline. Awesome.
On a happier note, here's the list of things I look forward to when I go back to Shanghai: family, friends, my shower, my house, food, sleeping in, not having to do laundry, etc.
Picture 1: View
Picture 2: Rainbow
Picture 3: Peacocks