Tacos happened tonight. Carnitas, corn&black bean salsa, homemade tortillas.
Leshan Grand Buddha. Aka, my neighbor. #Peacecorps #China
Belated Christmas card from an anonymous Redditor. His/her sibling is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. The world contains lovely people. #peacecorps #pcweek2014
Pals from U.S. and Italy
The view from our hostel in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan.
Oh wait, what’s on the bridge?Zoomed in from the balcony
Featuring: Kayla B., Francesca G., and Yienfanh P.
It wasn’t one of those ‘love at first sight moments.’ I knew _______ was there, since we arrived in China. But I always knew it couldn’t happen. I had a focus, I was driven, my goal wasn’t to be exposed to more foreign things, but to integrate with the Chinese culture. For the last 6 months, anytime someone would say, “oh, what about ________?” I’d reject the idea so adamantly that it wasn’t to be mentioned again. I thought I was okay without it, but at the end of the day, it’s long a long lost magnetic bond, just waiting to be reunited.
It was beginning of February, when we were on our 15 hour bus ride from Dali to Xishuangbanna. It had been bumpy, we had been grumpy, and worst of all, we were only about 4 hours in. Out of no where, Kayla brought up the conversation of ______. I was livid! HOW DARE YOU, I thought in my head. I thought she respected me more than that. Time after time, I’ve told her, I’ve no plans for ________ during my time in China, so don’t even think about it. But she brought up _______ because she said, “everyone deserves happiness in their lives.” So I gave in, who could say no?
Have you ever had a moment in life where you felt freed? Felt like you were floating in the clouds? Felt like you were larger than life? It was that moment, when I finally stopped resisting. People said it was inevitable, that sooner or later, I’d realize being without _______ in China would only make my time worse.
At that moment, when I gave into it, it was like the sun shone between the smoggy clouds. Ever since then, I couldn’t get enough of _______. Day after day, I’d crave more. I’ve always been one to hate neglect, so I had to make sure that feeling never surfaced. I know what you’re thinking, “this chick sounds like a psycho.” But when it’s love, you never want it to stop.
This love affair began maybe 2 weeks ago, and since then, it’s been a little nutty and a little sweet. Hell, it’s even made me want to throw up a few times. It’s as if I got myself tangled in a pot of melted caramel, and I can’t get free. It’s been on my mind since I’ve finally let love in, and life hasn’t been the same since.
You are my sunshine,
My only sunshine,
You make me happy,
When the China’s skies are grey (always).
You never know, dear, how much I love you
So please, don’t take my snickers away.
Happy Valentine’s Day, snicker’s bar.
You were the best decision I’ve made so far in China (shows a lot).
Here’s to 1.5 more years of good, chocolaty love.
You can have all of my love
All you can eat bbq for Lunar New Year #Dali
Yunnan Province #China
Preparations for the Lunar new year.
Wishes for the new Lunar Year #peacecorps #china
Color my life
Cure poison with poison 用毒治毒 #peacecorps #China