It has been a long time since I have last posted. Even though I have a chinese tomorrow, after a friendly reminder from my sister, I decided to just write something quickly now. Since my last post, many things have happened. I went to Tibetian China for a week, I have even more really cool people, I have planned a trip to go scuba diving and rock climbing in Vietnam, I have had 3 changes in chinese teachers, I have cemented a newly found philosophy on living and studying abroad, and I have even started training with a brazillian jiujitsu club. I’ll talk about all of that in another post, when I have more time and I when I am not preoccupied with my test tomorrow and what I am about to quickly write about.
I think times of panic are the most revealing of one’s character. My dad had planned to come out to visit me in Shanghai. He was supposed to be boarding a plane right now actually. I just now talked talked to him on the phone and he said that he was at the airport, all packed, checking in when he was reminded that he needed a visa to get on the plane. For whatever reason, neither one of us ever thought about him needing a visa. Though I had gotten one before I came, I think I thought that coming for a week was a different than coming for 4 months. I thought wrong. The required change of mindset, from “I will be meeting my dad at the airport tomorrow”, to “I am not sure when he will be able to come” is a hard one. I know it is for him too. He kept saying he was “sick from it.” We were both so excited for him to come tomorrow. Now it is just a race for him to get a visa and catch another flight over asap. His visit will have to be cut short; the question is just how much. I know my dad is doing whatever he can. If anyone can make it happen, it’s my dad. I will write another post soon about what is going to happen when I know more. I will also write a more extensive post later about my life since my last post, because it has been really exciting.