Oh, well. I lived in the "now."
It turns out, blogging's just not my thing.
I just finished my final exam, which means that this blog experiment was a total failure. I have not posted since who-knows-when, and I will make no whiny excuse. It's just that writing down my thoughts takes a longer amount of time than I actually had this semester.
But that doesn't mean there haven't been thoughts. I've observed so much of this different culture on the other side of the earth! It's a truly fascinating culture, in both positive and negative ways, and I'm so glad to have been exposed to it over the course of four months or so.
With exams done and with only three full days left before I leave for home, I now commence a period of rushing around for last minute Christmas presents as well as a last-ditch effort of seeing the cultural and tourist sites I've missed while being a "real Beijinger." On my short list are the Olympic facilities such as the Bird's Nest and Water Cube, the Forbidden City, and other lesser-known places. Due to my heel injury earlier, I missed the group visit to the Great Wall, so I'm beyond bummed, but it looks like that will have to wait until my next trip to China, as it's not something you can really do with just yourself, and everyone else has already gone and is therefore unwilling to come again with me. Alas.
I can't guarantee that I'll find the time to put down in writing my reflections on Chinese culture - one lesson learned from this blogging venture is not to make promises I can't keep.... But I would be more than happy to talk with you about the things I saw and did while over here. It's been a whirlwind adventure, but I am so excited to come back home to Christmas time.