Having just read through my last few posts this blog has become somewhat pejorative in its tone. I started this blog, as a way of telling of my experiences here in Changchun – especially the experiences that are wonderfully different to what happens back home.
I have had the rug pulled from under me, and as such, this has become the primary topic in my life.
However, despite what I have been dragged through, I still really like this city and country. I distinguish the former from the authorities and government, which, I now thoroughly despise with every grain of my soul.
I know that many foreigners love to ‘china bash’ and complain that ‘this isn’t how it is like back home’. I hate this kind of reasoning, however, I accept that I to an extent, have become cynical and jaded over the last few weeks.
I remember when I first got off the plane, being driven through the city to my new home, just how excited and energised I felt. Being in a place so unfamiliar, where I couldn’t even say ‘hello’, had no friends, couldn’t even read or write. Of course this has now changed, I now have friends here, and I can speak and read, though I still can’t write very well!
Another thing is that my studying over the last three weeks has been almost non-existant, I havn’t been able to achieve very much.
Anyway, back to the perennial subject of the weather. Compared to last year at this time, it’s still pretty warm! I rememember last year there being snow, lots of it, by the end of october – and that I was wearing my big warm jacket. As of today, I am yet to wear the big-black -jacket, we have had very little snow – not enough to settle. I still look forward to the winter proper beginning. Everything will be frozen ’til march, all greenery ceases to exist – and the paths and roads become semi-permenant skating-rinks!
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