I’m going to Guizhou, Goddamn it!
It’s the one place I’ve always wanted to go in China. I think pictures I saw of Miao people in China Pictorial in high school were one of the things that got me interested in coming here. I’ve been in the country for ten years, though, and have never gone. It’s always been because conditions weren’t quite right — like I couldn’t find a good person to go with, the weather was bad — or I was scared to go by myself. Now that my Chinese is better, I’m just going to do it. I don’t care if the trip isn’t perfect and I do some bumbling around. It’s better than not going and wishing I had, right?
I’ve got my tickets, and now I’ve got to get decent hiking boots, figure out where to stay, what to pack, etc. Meanwhile, I’ve got to start getting stuff ready for next semester because I’ll be coming back right before it starts. I’ve got to read Old Man and the Sea (which we’re having the students read), prepare some different sort of exercises, etc. But anyway, planning everything will feel a lot better because I have something to look forward to.