It’s been too long since I last wrote. I’ve made it from Chengdu back to Beijing. My last few days in Chengdu were productive and relaxing (yes, believe it or not, both at the same time), with a few casual meetings and some newly acquired clarity. After a long night of rain, delayed flights, and borrowing phones from strangers, Sara picked me up at the Beijing airport at 3am on Saturday morning. That was (technically) yesterday.
After resting up, the two of us and three other girls here at Shepherd’s Field went to the Great Wall for the day. It was such a blast. My calves are still sore from all the steps of varying slopes and sizes, but it was so worth the climb. There is a point where the refurbished wall ends for that particular tourist entrance, and a sign is posted that says, “No Admittance.” But it was clear from the beaten path beyond the sign that there must be something of interest still to come… so we ventured on. Turned out to be the best decision we made all day. We ended up on the very crest of one of the mountains, looking out over the valleys and surrounding mountains, standing among some fantastic Great Wall ruins. We felt like we were on top of the world.
Today we went to Beijing for some shopping with our same group of wonderful girls. Got some great merchandise for HS (ask me about it when I get back!), a Mother’s Day gift for my mom (she’s the best, can’t slack on that just cuz I was gone!), and a few dirt cheap DVD’s for myself (or maybe not so few, shh).
Tomorrow is my last full day here. Gonna hang out with some kiddos, visit the schoolhouse and sit in on a few classes, and get to work repacking my suitcases with all my new goodies. I leave on Tuesday… excited to see friends and family again, but excited to return to China again already. I pretty sure this wonderful horrible torn feeling will never go away.