Over the past 2 weeks I’ve completely and utterly ignored my blog. Horrible. I know. My excuse? Well, I actually have two. No, make that three.
1) Max came for a visit. He took up all my time. I showed him around Shanghai. We explored Hangzhou and Wuzhen together. Had a blast. I spent a week going through the hundreds (literally) of photos I took. Very time-consuming.
2) Christmas! Fudan was feeling generous and gave the language-department 10 whole days off. So, I had a wonderful Christmas eve eating a delicious roast chicken and warm chocolate-chip cookies. My flatmate and I boarded a train to Hunan, a province in China that can boast to be the birthplace of Mao Zedong, on the 25th. Within 5 days we manage to explore 2 cities and 2 towns, board 3 long-distance trains and numerous buses, and take 525 photos. And eat lots of spicy food. One thing I learned? Hunan is cold in the winter. And beautiful (when it’s not raining).
3) The start of 2013. I don’t think I really need to elaborate on why this would prevent me from blogging, but I shall do so anyways. I spent the 31st baking cute little apple pie-cupcakes, which turned out wonderfully. By 8pm, our apartment was filled with a group of people I’ve come to love, yummy food, and loud singing. We made our way to the Bund for a fireworks display and started 2013 surrounded by thousands of Chinese and foreigners alike. I think we must’ve made our way into about 100 random pictures by wishing every person (which was like, a lot of people) a Happy New Year. I’m pretty sure we were on TV at some point.
So, there my reasons. But I am sorry. Most of all because I haven’t even had the chance to wish you all a very very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope your 2013 is filled with lots of love and happiness!