I'm back in Los Angeles and it's good to be home. It's a bit surreal that only a couple of days ago I was just in Hong Kong. I was sharing with some friends during my last week in Hong Kong, that I was so ready to come home. Now that I'm home, I miss being abroad a little. This is normal I suppose. Like they say, the grass is always greener on the other side.
Since this is probably the last post of life abroad, I decided to do a little recap of everything (picture heavy).
in SEPTEMBER //
I moved in, I was excited about everything around me, I made new friends, I met my roommate Lemon from China, my family visited me in Hong Kong, I went to the beach, school was easy, every food on campus and outside of campus was so delicious, and I took a trip to Taiwan (and fell in love with the place).
in OCTOBER //
Campus food that was once delicious to me was starting to get repetitive, gross, and boring, I became homesick, I celebrated Mid-Autumn by visiting the lantern festival, I found a church, school surprise attacked me with 3 midterms, and I took a trip to Bali, Indonesia where we visited Turtle Island, rice fields, and chilled by the pool almost everyday.
in NOVEMBER //
I was able to teach English in Zengcheng, China for a weekend and it was one of the most rewarding weekends ever, I ate bees, I practiced teaching, brushed up on my Chinese speaking skills and made friends with some lovely students. I saw the Terracotta Warriors at the Hong Kong Museum, I took a molecular gastronomy cooking class, I craved American breakfast, I attended TedxHongKong, I went to the MAMA Awards where I saw PSY perform, and I was shocked that I had only one month left.
in DECEMBER //
A few good friends came to Hong Kong and we scheduled play dates, I was happy to see familiar faces from home, final week(s) happened and it was one of my toughest ones yet, I fell in love with this Michelin Star Dim Sum restaurant called Tim Ho Wan, I had my first experience betting on horses at the Shatin Horse Races and scoured the place to find Kate Winslet, I took a ferry across Victoria Harbour, saw Improv Everywhere's Santa Musical at the mall, visited Andy Warhol's 15 Minute Eternal, said bye to my lovely roommate and new friends, moved out of campus and moved in to my aunt's house, spent the holidays with my family and really grew a bond with my grandpa, left right before new years, and it became a very tearful goodbye with my grandparents, aunt, and cousin.
I learned so much about myself, my family, various cultures that it was worth every struggle and homesickness that happened. I wouldn't change it for anything. Thanks for following along!