Looking to release my seatbelt buckle while getting up off the couch this morning was a strange but amusing sensation. The couch in our temporary accommodation being quite safe (touch wood on earthquakes), it does not have seatbelts…
It was a nice change from waking up in a bed and wondering which country I’m in though. I do wonder whether my matrass will reject me once it’s back in place.
Now that all the travelling and flying has come to a halt, it’s time for some Californian sunshine and we are being treated to plenty of it this weekend. It is nice to be back here as it feels foreign yet familiar at the same time. Stray turtles have been replaced by busy squirrels and e-bikes disappeared from the streetscape, making place for expensive cars and cyclists that look like race participants (with the exception of their speed).
Our last day in Suzhou was very enjoyable and a little bit Chinese. We took our e-bike for a final ride into town, stopping off at Xiangmen Gate, then wandering along the back streets of Pingjiang Lu, eating street snacks and some last minute noodles.
I am certainly going to miss China and all its great snacks but I am also excited about being back in the bay area. Luckily I hear Chinese being spoken around here almost every day so I get reminded a little bit each time I do. Next up, house and job hunting!
Have a great week.