随心所欲

Moving here hasn’t been a piece of cake. We have had some great days and days where we wish we could be home. I have been struggling a lot more than I thought I would. Simple tasks we take for granted in the US become extremely difficult and tedious. As Americans, we live in a fish bowl in China. Constantly people stare at us, give us “up-downs”, which normally isn’t a problem but when you are already on edge, slightly frustrated, having a group of people bluntly staring at you can be draining.

But today a Confucius quote we learned in Chinese class a couple weeks ago came to mind while Elle and I were being pampered during our incredible two hour massage. 随心所欲 (suixinsuoyu) literally translates as follow heart place desire. More or less this means to follow one’s inclinations and have one’s own way, a Chinese student explained it to me as a place where your head and your heart meet.

Elle made a great point that being here in China and living abroad blesses us with the opportunity to do things that both our minds and our hearts tell us. We are here to work (the responsible mind part) and while doing that we are able to travel and explore new cultures (the follow your heart part).

Just last night we booked our first vacation during Chinese National Day, similar to 4th of July. We have an entire week off of school and we will be heading down south to Vietnam. I am counting down the days 🙂 Below is a picture of Halong Bay where we will be taking a boat cruise in Vietnam.

Hope everything is well back home! We miss you all very much.

Love, Ally

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