We're baack - to blogging that is, not to the U.S although we were there briefly for a 6 day stint in Hawaii. In addition to our time in the U.S., over the past four weeks, we finished our time in Hong Kong, visited with family in Hawaii, took in the sights in Tokyo, returned to Hong Kong to pick up the rest of our stuff, and spent a week in Xiamen, touring and bonding with my fellow Fulbrighters. Needless to say, we are completely exhausted. So, it was to our great joy that we landed in Shanghai this afternoon (after spending longer on the runway in Xiamen than the duration of our actual flight!). We're just starting to unpack and take in our surroundings, so I don't have much to say about it yet except for two things:
1) We are in a great location and (as compared to what I've heard from some of my fellow Fulbrighters) have really scored as to my university and our apartment.
2) We are SO happy to be anchored to somewhere again. While traveling around the world with your family may sound romantic, living out of suitcases for over three weeks can be really stressful. We're all relieved to have a place to call home again and are looking forward to settling in and making it our own.
More to follow later - I want to blog about so many things (our last days in Hong Kong, some thoughts on Tokyo, and our orientation in Xiamen), but for now, I'm just going to kick back, relax and enjoy a glass (or two) of wine in our new home.