So here I am, four months later, done with my raw abroad experience and trying to process it into some sort of thesis and into something managable to think about, understand, and allow in certain ways to affect who I am and the life I'm leading. I'm especially thinking about this in light of where I am: Easthampton, MA visiting my ex-roommate, Tania. Tania's here living with her boyfriend and going parttime to Hampshire while she works on Hampshire's equivalent of a thesis. They've set up a lovely apartment that really rings of home, and it's been nice to finally meet Christopher when I heard so much about him.
We've had a wonderful time catching up and reminiscing, I showed her all sorts of pictures from my research and from Xinjiang, and we've talked about how we adjusted, and are continuing to adjust, to life back in the states. I think this time together (along with the fact that I am officially done with my Fulbright scholarship application for the time being) has boosted my drive to continue with this blog. I have so much more to talk about, and things are still developing-- I spoke to Xiong Li Mei last week over the phone, for one thing. So stay tuned, there's much more to come. I can't wait to share it with you all.