My walk back to the dorms this evening was a satisfying kind of beautiful.
I was initially a bit apprehensive about walking to the dorms alone after midnight, but the hesitation quickly wore away as my intuition took over. Because it’s Spring Festival in China, the streets are significantly quieter than usual since locals are tucked away in the comfort of their families. I hadn’t walked by myself before, but I felt fine with exploring the route on my own accord. There is a simple satisfaction in not being 100% sure that you’ve chosen the right direction, then turning the corner to find a familiar landmark reaffirming that the last right you made was indeed correct. It was quiet and peaceful, and I highly enjoyed being able to stop whenever the road invited me to take some pictures.
I leave you with these images, the first being the entrance to the dorms and the second just a random elevator shot. Goodnight, I have to sleep in preparation for my morning Skype date. :D
One thing I love about traveling is being able to arrive some place new with a completely fresh start. No one knows your name or knows your bad habits. No one knows about where you’ve been or where’d you’d like to go. You can put your best foot forward and push yourself to accomplish new goals, refine existing standards, and learn things you never thought possible.
All the while, you can still build on your talents and knowledge base with the help of a new cultural lens. It’s amazing and refreshing to meet new people from completely different walks of life, whose path you just happened to cross at that moment in time. I love learning about people and from people, and traveling is one of the best ways to do that.
That being said, I’d like to share some of the major goals I’d like to accomplish during the next few months. It’s important to not lose sight of why you are where you are, and how to actively work to accomplish what you set out to do. So my six major goals are as follows:
Thank you to those who spent my last night in Vegas with me. I truly enjoy your company and am glad I was able to see all of your lovely faces. I’m off to have the last sleep in my bed before I fly out tomorrow afternoon.
… another opens.