Back in the homeland
Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
176Trip End May 04, 2013
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The weather was different too, even though the same degrees in London, it felt distinctly warmer; the humidity in Chongqing made it feel about 10 degrees colder.
Nice to see Stratford all developed
Basically while back, I celebrated a few birthdays (including my own), went on a mini road trip to Bath which was a cool city, and saw in a Mother’s Day weekend with style in the Science Museum, on the London Eye and a family lunch in Pizza Hut which was great! For the most part though, I just chilled out with family and friends!
Overall, had a great time, but remember why I left in the first place and realised that I’m still not ready to come back long term yet – 3 weeks was enough this time. Also a bit strange sleeping in my old room for a few nights! Felt a bit nostalgic!
PS A few things you take for granted living in a western country:
- Carpeted floors (don’t really see these in the East)
- Fresh milk and baker’s bread (and sandwiches)
- Being able to talk to strangers in English (like asking for directions)
- Drinking water from a tap (Sister looked at me funny when I asked where can I get water from in her kitchen)
- Civilised supermarkets with a convenient selection of clean, healthy food or even more convenient unhealthy-ish food if that is what you so desire
- Washing clothes with hot water
- Watching TV and listening to the radio