It's weird to think about all of this being over. We've been living out of backpacks for so long that it is such a strange thought to actually be able to live out of closets again. But we're ready for it.
It's been a long hard road and an amazing journey. We've learned so much and grown in ways we had never imagined. We have our little tiffs but for the most part, we have grown together and learned so much about each other. I consider myself very lucky to have had these experiences with Ricky.
Tonight we fly back to Beijing. We'll spend a night in our new, mostly-furnished apartment. Then, we'll take a train back to our old city, Jinzhou, to meet up with some friends and pick up the rest of our stuff. Then it's time to rejoin the work force and the world of duty.
We're pretty excited about it. We've already planned out some things, the really important things. Like what size TV we need, and what kind of kitchen gadgets to get. Oh and work...
But don't despair, dear readers. No, we will continue to blog to our hearts' content. Expect to hear about the sometimes frustrating life in China, weekend trips, the upcoming visit to Ireland where I meet Ricky's family and friends (wish me luck!), my adventures in grad school, and general observations on life and every aspect of it.
We look forward to our future adventures and what they will help us accomplish. We hope you continue to join us on our journey!
Then this happened:
And then I had a tasty treat:
And we got ready for a drink:
After all the excitement of that, we sat down and waited for our meal: a spicy salad with vermicelli and snake organs, and hot pot with the rest of the snake meat, noodles, and veggies.
|Snake innards salad|
|I got the tail!|
|Ricky prepares for a glass of blood. He doesn't look thrilled.|
|Snake tastes good, but look at all those tiny ribs!|
|Our new buddy, the champ that cut the heart out.|
It was a great meal, and the family that run the place are so kind and friendly. If anyone wants to be adventurous and go there, we can help you find it. And if you're lucky, you might get a nice souvenir...
|Not shown is the photograph of a ditch filled with hundreds of bodies of men, women, and children.|
|An American GI holds up the remains of a Vietnamese soldier killed by a grenade.|
|The plaque at the top left states: The the people of a united Vietnam, I was wrong..I am sorry.|
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