The last two months have gone so fast. I can barely believe that I have been here that long, and even more so that I am leaving in a month. Crazy. This is just starting to feel like home...
For those of you who don't know, I have been staying in a friend's apartment while they are gone for the summer. It has been wonderful to have my own space to come home to each day, and to learn about living independently in China on a whole new level. I love my neighborhood, and all the local restaurants and shops. Most neighborhoods in China are like their own little world, each street a strip of shop after shop with everything you need right at your finger tips. My apartment complex is nestled into a little neighborhood just off several main roads, and yet it functions very independently.
Every day has its own ups and downs. I love that I can get a weeks worth of groceries for less than $15, but it's frustrating that I have to pay $5 for a small package of shredded cheese. I enjoy knowing and speaking Chinese, but I don't always have a big enough vocabulary to understand everything someone says to me. Some days I am more lonely than others, and some times I really enjoy having the evening to myself. It has been a crazy switch going from having a full time day job in America and doing Hope Station in my free time, to doing Hope Station full time in China, having an office with coworkers, and having real, honest-to-goodness free time. Not to mention, I get to see the kids that I am doing all of this for, twice a week.
I love my job.
Speaking of kids, the rest of today's post is dedicated to a couple spectacular little ladies:
thanks for being much more on top of photographing life than I am!)