I came to China one year ago today. After thinking about it a little today, what strikes me most is that when I arrived I knew so little Chinese that it was confusing just to take a bus or taxi somewhere. But NOW I know enough Chinese to confuse everybody else instead 🙂
The truth though, is that without my brother Jon’s company those first weeks, the “coming to China” experience would have been a lot harder. So thanks Jon!
Out of the 12 months, I have spent about nine of them alone.
It is also another anniversary, as today I (finally!!!) came to the place where my girlfriend Trude and I visited the Great Wall, north of Datong. I called her to tell her as I was sitting at the same spot we visited together. Thanks for the visit!
This winter has been a hard one. The walking has been hard, as have the freezing cold nights. But it has been hardest mentally. The progress this winter has been far slower than I anticipated which has stretched my patience a long way.
It is good to be heading towards another summer. I am aware though that I am also heading towards the rugged terrain of Hebei and Beijing and believe this will be one of the last challenges of the walk.
25 kilometres today