China – Week 17

This is a brief blog post about my first two weeks of 2017. My next post will be about my winter vacation from mid-January to mid-February. Then I’ll start blogging about the new semester which began on 27th February.

Sunday 1st January

New Year’s resolutions are too much work. I happily ignore them and just observe the tradition about partying. In the evening Aimee and I were invited to dinner at our friend Doris’ house. Doris is a middle school teacher who we painted the town red with two weeks ago. This evening Doris ordered takeaway; her husband made tea; her friends stopped by; and we had a lovely evening drinking, eating and playing dance games on Wii.

 

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Dinner at Doris’.

 

Monday 2nd January

Oddly the 2nd of January is a national holiday in China. I wish somebody had told me that before I ventured out the house and made big plans to handing in my marked exam papers and visit the bank.

Wednesday 4th January to Monday 9th January

I spent 5 days housebound with a mystery back pain/low energy illness. So I turned to the medicine I know best – TV and film – only leaving the house for food and water.  

Tuesday 10th January

Finally, I felt better. I felt motivated to leave my apartment, and not only that, but to travel. If I didn’t travel then I would have become a weight gaining coach potato for 5 weeks. I got my guide books out and began planning.

Published by Lettice

Lettice is an avid traveller, volunteer and writer. Follow her blogs for tips on where to go, what to do, and how to get there.

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