KATHMANDU// KATHMANDU VALLEY, NEPAL

ZHANGYE, CHINA

JIAYUGUAN, CHINA

DUNHUANG, CHINA

TURPAN, XINJIANG

Travel travel travel

My 3 months of travels and life after Peace Corps commenced 2 weeks ago, I’ve got 4 more days until I leave China to explore lands beyond what I’ve known for the past 2 years, and it’s already been quite the adventure. To keep you all updated until I get back stateside I’ve decided to post pictures, in place of words, from my favorite moments and let those do this voyage justice. I hope you all enjoy and I can’t wait to see you in a few months time

"“Imagine the Earth devoid of human life, inhabited only by plants and animals. Would it still have a past and a future? Could we still speak of time in any meaningful way? The question “What time is it?” or “What’s the date today?” — if anybody were there to ask it — would be quite meaningless. The oak tree or the eagle would be bemused by such a question. “What time?” they would ask. “Well, of course, it’s now. The time is now. What else is there?”"

— Tolle, Eckhart. “The Power of Now.” (via krystamarie12)

Leaving my America home was hard, but as tough as it was, I was prepared for it, I knew in 2 years I’d be back.
Leaving my China home is… Ahhhh… I’m not prepared… the time went by too fast… I’m ready but at the same time, so not… 1 week left and there’s so many emotions, too. many. emotions.

The Great Debaters

The students in the photos above are my sophomores students. I have been lucky enough to teach them for the past 2 years and have gotten to know them well, both in and outside of the classroom. We have shared countless moments together, that have brought us both happiness and sorrow, laughter and tears, and through it all we have become each other’s family, we’ve watched each other grow, and we’ve inspired each other, they are the younger brothers and sisters I’ve never had. These students have helped me get through some of the most challenging yet rewarding moments I’ve experienced so far, and I couldn’t have done it without them. I’d like to say it is 缘分, or fate, that allowed our paths to cross and our lives to intertwine, and I can’t imagine who I’d be without having met these amazing people.

Next week are our final debates and our final classes, and the only word I can come up with to describe the 274849927263 emotions I’m feeling is bittersweet. These students, my friends, have immensely impacted my life and helped me grow more into the person I hope to become, so picturing my life without China is one of the weirdest feelings, ever. But as picture my life back on the other side of the world, I feel absolutely ecstatic, terrified, uncertain, and wondrous about what is going to be, the new relationships that will form, the new places that I get to explore, and the reuniting with friends and family that I haven’t seen in 2 years.

So as I say my goodbyes and pack up my things, I know the future has so much beauty in store and I’m going to blindly fly into it and see where it takes me. 2 weeks left in Chongqing, 4 weeks left in China, and then from Nepal to India to SE Asia to America— San Francisco I’ll see you September 28th.

China, Peace Corps, friends and family within, thanks for giving me the most fantastic, most challenging 2 year experience I’ve had so far in life, that no words can even justifiably express. Cheers to what has been and what will be. Our minds, bodies, and souls are always connected, no matter the distance, so it’s not goodbye, it’s see you later.

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Color Run!

Last weekend a few students and I participated in the color run in Chongqing. It was great to get outdoors, get colorful and do something active with them outside of school boundaries! These girls were so nervous beforehand, because they had never run/walked 3 miles before, and they weren’t sure they could do it. However, at the end of the race, they kept saying: “it’s over? I’m not even tired?”
It was so great to see them feeling so accomplished, and to watch them spark the fire of believing in themselves more than they had before.
So. Many. Colors.
So. Much. Fun.