Greetings! I am happy to report that my Winter Holiday is off to a healthy start. Every day that K and I are both here, we get up very early and go out walking/jogging. This has been really great for me for many reasons.
It’s great to get my body moving again, after spending so much time curled up in a ball trying to stay warm. It’s also great to get out of the house and enjoy the local surroundings. Finally, it is wonderful to have some time with K that is uninterrupted. We have such great discussions from psychology to our plans for the next few months.
Last week I went back to Shenzhen and Hong Kong, for another stamp. It was the best trip yet. I had the chance to spend time with each of my WWAM friends there and meet the newest baby “T” as well as her wonderful grandparents.
Traveling to Shenzhen has solidified how important it is to have friends who can relate to your life on some level. As much as my hair shines and gets wavy when I enter the southern humidity, my heart becomes light and relaxed when I know I’m about to spend a fun week with other foreigners with Asian husbands. They’re wonderful ladies and I am so fortunate to know them. That is one positive thing about needing to make these expensive trips.
But these trips need to come to an end, because we can’t afford for me to keep making them. Thus we are looking at our options. There are basically two. One is for me to get a job that can actually provide a work visa, and the other is to apply for a visiting family visa. Judging by our financial situation, I will have to go for the work visa.
Since my days in Qinghai are again numbered, I’m trying to enjoy the meaningful moments, while trying to ignore the annoying aspects. It can be difficult whilst we are staying with K’s sister. We are hoping to be able to rent our own place here for the next couple of months, and we really need to, because let’s face it, I have accumulated too much stuff.