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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Natalie's China Adventures: Changing

I've had a really busy week and a bit since I've last written... and I think it's time to sit down and write something personal. Whilst I do have a goal and general direction for content on this blog, it's also my space to write about things that interest me. It might seem a little silly but what has been interesting me a lot over the past week is me, and how I've changed since coming to China. People always say that studying abroad changes you, but I didn't realise how much I had changed until I really stopped and thought about it.

When I arrived in China I thought I was only going to be here for five weeks. I never thought I would brush my teeth with tap water, eat the street food, or get used to the craziness. Last night I was out at 1am with some of my friends eating spicy street food from a cart and learning Sichuan-dialect from the cart owners. I came here terrified of making mistakes in Chinese. Now I make mistakes every day and don't care, even though I fully understand the concept of face and hate losing it. Culturally I feel like at this point between three years of Singapore and three months here I can honestly say I'm not 100% American anymore. My heart is going to be living somewhere in Asia for the rest of my life.

I think for now it's safe to say that I've caught wanderlust and ended up with a bit of a gypsy heart. But that's okay, because I'm ready for whatever life throws at me. I can handle it.

What does the future bring?

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