It's been ages since I got back, but somehow the surge of being able to access blogger after being in China for 2 months wasn't quite as strong as I envisioned it. I guess it got drowned out by the surge I felt for Facebook and Twitter.
I've been using the monicker "wayfaerer" in quite a few places... and it isn't uncommon for someone to stop and ask me what it means. As I mentioned in the very first post on this blog, it is essentially a middle-english spelling of 'wayfarer', which means a traveler or someone who goes on a journey.
Now although I've been on a few trips before, in Europe and India, this upcoming trip is the only one that really feels like a journey. As I mentioned, I'm off to China... and I'm going to be spending more than a month living by myself there. Its my first real experience like that, and in a country that is more than just a bit foreign... and for once, I feel like I REALLY connect with that alias.
That said, I'm totally excited.. I'm working in a really reputed lab there, so I can look forward to both academic learning in things I am really interested in, as well as life-learning. And even if the former doesn't happen.... which it might not because things look really complex (Blogger is blocked in China, so my advisor can't read that), I can be assured that I'll come back with experiences that will help me adjust anywhere in the world..... which can be a really useful thing.
One other thing I'm excited about, is that I get my own apartment there (or rather, I am paying for my own apartment). So no roommates, and the other trappings of college life that make being out of home a relatively simple experience.... at the same time, there's space peace and quiet. Things I value quite a lot. Perhaps my opinion would be different were I to spend years studying somewhere.. but for this one month, I'm glad about it.
The best part, of course, is that solitude isn't the hallmark of the trip. There are plans to go to Hong Kong, Macau, Beijing and a few other cool places in China, and I'll be travelling with people I know quite well. Following that, the Symposium (which I've mentioned before).. which means I'll be interacting with many many people. Seems like some type of exponential progression :)
So.. there it is. Learning, and fun lie ahead, and I shall be off in a few hours. What doesn't lie ahead, however, is my blog. Or Facebook. Or Twitter. Since all those things are blocked in China.... by what some people I know call The Great (fire)Wall.
So I'll be behind the wall... but those of you who know me can always find me on the various IM platforms that I am known to haunt... I have a feeling I'll be online quite a lot.
Look forward to a post in about a month and a half about the trip, and my experiences.... until then, read the archives. lol