|Lotus pond at sunset. (One of Dave's masterpieces.)|
Of course, everything is temporary.
But what I mean is this: I've decided not to renew my contract. We'll be leaving China in less than 2 months.
My gaze lingers a little bit longer on the lotus pond, on the grandpa doing tai chi, on the kids playing basketball, on the innumerable cute babies and glowing pregnant women. Have I mentioned there's a baby boom here?
|Nanning at night|
In the larger scheme, those things don't really matter anyway. Nomadic life constantly schools me. It reminds me what matters most. For example:
|Friends from China, Singapore, Russia, the U.S. and England.|
It's incredible to think about how less than a year ago, I didn't even know these people were walking the Earth. And now we've shared many wonderful experiences, such as Dave's surprise birthday party. Paul and Mike played guitars. Daria, keyboard. Ricky, flute. And I debuted on ukulele, playing "Heart of Gold" while Tina (our Chinese "daughter") and her friend (my yoga student) Jennifer did a dance.
One of Dave's most treasured relationships here is with Lee, the 11-year-old he tutors twice a week.
|Eating Korean food (bibimbop) in China, one of our favorite restaurants near campus.|
|Heaven = a foot massage on the beach.|
|One of the two pools at Agate Boutique Hotel that has rooms at about 35 bucks a night.|
We spent time wandering around Jomtien's charming streets, happening across some great finds, like Sketchbook Art Café...
|Walking Street before things really get going.|
We spent a few hours moseying up and down infamous Walking Street, which is a raucous array of crazy sights and sounds. It's like Vegas on acid, without the overt gambling. We passed mostly bars, restaurants, bar girls, a few people in wild costumes, and the occasional guy trying to get us to see a Ping-Pong-vagina show. We'd heard there was some good live music on the strip, but at 8:30 p.m., no bands were yet playing. And we were ready to go back to the relative peace and quiet of Jomtien.
|Dave dove the Hardeep WWII wreck.|
In the meantime, I will do my best to relish our remaining time in China. We may have a lot of plans ahead of us, but this moment is where it's at. It's all we really have.
|teaching yoga in China|