Studying in Dalian

Me at Tiger Beach

It is amazing how fast time goes by when you are enjoying yourself as much as I am at the moment :-) Pretty soon, my last month in Dalian, China, will begin, and in a mere six weeks or so, I will be back home in Groningen. A strange feeling, to be sure; on the one hand, I wish I could stay here longer and improve my Chinese more - I feel like it is only now that things are really starting to come together there. But I suspect that you will always keep feeling that way, even if you are here for two, three, or five years (though after 5-7 years in a foreign country, you apparently really start to feel like a native). On the other hand, I am looking forward to working again, finding a new challenge, stepping out of the classroom and into real life once again. I miss taking the initiative, having in-depth discussions and making things happen - these things are not very well represented in the curriculum. If I were to stay here longer, I would definitely get involved in volunteer work or student activities. As it is, I am looking forward to new challenges after I return!