Today is my last day in China. There is no way to describe to you how amazing it has been here. There have been a few food related obstacles, but all in all this has been one of those life altering experiences. There is nothing I love more than traveling. Absolutely nothing. To be here, at this point, studying architecture is one of the most important and relevant things I will ever do. But sometimes it is difficult to be anything more than an awe stricken tourist. It's impossible to walk two miles (ish) on the Great Wall and not reflect on everything that has happened in your life, and the things that have brought you here. I have had a couple of moments where all of these thoughts/feelings came crashing to the surface and I felt happier than I remember feeling in my entire life; once on the great wall and once walking through a little forest at the Temple of Heaven. Perfect moments that make me breathe fire again.
Tomorrow at 10:20AM some friends and I are flying to London. I will be able to sit and collage / edit some photos and write more in depth about Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou and Tongli. It's all still sinking in. The speed at which China is developing is incredible. I have some decent photos / thoughts w/r/t this and will post them soon. I have been living in fast-forward and have had no time to sit in a hotel and write. But I promise I will. For now I will just say that Shanghai and Beijing are two of the most incredible fucking cities on the planet. And China is nothing like you think.
I will get a phone when I get to London and give those of you that I have been ignoring a call. I haven't recharged my SIM in Beijing and to be honest it's really fucking nice not having a cell phone sometimes. Life is beautiful.
[[UPDATE]] BL sneaked into the stadium and the water cube after I left. He took 300 photos and should have some on his blog soon. You should go look at them.