For those of you who don’t watch ‘How I Met Your Mother’ you should! For those of you who do (and are up to date) you will understand the term ‘Graduation Goggles’. As I pack up my life in China I have become enormously found of my graduation goggles and the sappy memory music that saunters through my head every time I do something or see someone for the ‘last time’. I’ve had my last suppers at my favorite restaurants, my last bath house, my last blind man massage, my last conversation with our ‘friend’ who sells me my morning water, my last evening of outdoor beer drinking and meat on a stick eating, my last acupuncture appointment, my last motorcycle ride, my last hot pot, my last taxi ride to school, my last day of work (as of today!) and soon to be my last sleep. It feels right to be leaving, but there are many things I’ll miss about the country I’ve made home for the past two years. That being said there are some things I won’t miss, but since the graduation goggles are on and in effect, I’ll leave it up to you to find them in previous posts. Lately, I’ve been bestowed with some particularly good ‘could only happen in China’ visuals. I think of them as parting gifts – lovely little going away presents that will help me remember China as the interesting and more than unique place it is. They look something like this…
Two men standing in the middle of a road. Balanced on top of each of their shoulders was the bottom of a bamboo ladder. The top of the bamboo ladder was resting on a swinging electrical wire 20 feet in the open air. Standing on top of that bamboo ladder, with the electrical wire in hand, was a man balanced and at work fixing the problem.
Two people walking down the street swinging a caged monkey between their arms.
Our bus driver fixing the problem of a parked car blocking his exit. He simply walked off the bus, climbed into the open (but driver-less) car, maneuvered it into the street and parked it some 30m ahead. Then jogged back and to a round of wild applause and cheering from students, took his seat and drove on.
Thank you for the memories and the experiences that I honestly feel couldn’t have happened anywhere else. I will miss you.
PS. See you again sometime?