ps. While there my two lovely now-married friends and I were on a hot-air balloon ride with an old Australian guy and the most INSANELY FUNNY English woman I've ever met who wore a matching shirt and shorts that were striped with every color of the rainbow. The whole time she was laughing while lavishly swearing and yelling "SHAY SHAY!" (supposed to be thank you in Chinese) in a thick English accent. Then we ran out of fuel and crashed. Into a rice patty. Narrowly missing a bamboo forest. And then once we'd made our way through the knee-deep mud and rice, a random van pulled up and we got in. They took us to a market and just dropped us off...so we bought some water to wash off the mud that was encrusted onto our legs, and then we hung out and eventually made our way home. On the way back I heard people talking about how a hot air balloon crashed earlier that day, and I was thrilled to realize that WE WERE FAMOUS!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Good times in Guilin
This is in Guilin, China. For those of you who went--remember how beautiful it was??! I found this online today and set it as the desktop background on my computer so that I can look at it while I study and feel calmed as I remember the beauty of that place. It worked. When I feel overwhelmed, I look at it and I'm able to remember the bigger picture, and think about the most important things in life. If you haven't been, you should go.