In an effort to satisfy my travel bug, every
other day so often I go online and plan a trip. Generally, I dream of crossing items off my travel bucket with itineraries that include driving through Europe, hiking to Machu Picchu, cruising in the Caribbean and running 26.2 miles through the boroughs of New York City. However during my recent daydreaming sessions, all I want to do is go back to Shanghai and experience China all over again. What can I say? Absence really does make the heart grow fonder:)
Every traveler has a different relationship with the foreign cities encountered during their adventures. Some cities we are happy to see for a day or two and then move on. Other cities touch our souls and keep a piece of our hearts as we depart. Throughout my travels I’ve been blessed to have had many cities come in and out of my live, leaving beautiful memories and a strong desire to return. But none have impacted me quite like Shanghai.
While living in China, Shanghai become our connection to the Western world. And what started as an escape from Chinese cuisine quickly grew into something deeper and more intimate, Shanghai become our home. I am sure those of you who have lived overseas can understand this connection.
And you are left with an insatiable desire to experience it all over again.
So as I dwell in wanderlust for our Chinese home, I am comforted by the hope that on day soon, when our student loans are paid off, I will be reunited with the city that stole my heart and I’ll have the chance to fall in love all over again!