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From China to California

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 Stray turtles have been replaced by busy squirrels and e-bikes disappeared from the streetscape, making place for expensive cars and cyclists that look like race participants (with the exception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.

Xiangmen Gate

Pingjiang Lu

Green dumplings

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.

 

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6 Responses to From China to California

  1. Johan Hartsema April 14, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    Lovely picture you posted with the plane and the shadow of it. It looks like a Duth scenery.

    • peanut April 14, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

      It was Kansas City on the way back from Holland last week!

  2. Enormous April 14, 2014 at 7:41 pm #

    Yay! Keep up the blog: San Fran is just as exotic to me as China! Good luck with the house and job hunting 🙂

    • peanut April 14, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

      Thanks! Am planning to keep it up!

  3. Kieran Murphy April 14, 2014 at 11:17 pm #

    Hi Linda.
    Glad you are getting up and running again. Good luck and best wishes all round.
    Kieran

    • peanut April 17, 2014 at 9:00 am #

      Thanks Kieran

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