eight years

October 21st, 2007

Well, first of all, congratulations to South Africa. It’s good to see the World Cup back on the right side of the equator.

But more importantly: Today is my eighth chinaversary. Eight years ago today I arrived in China for the first time. In Changsha, in fact, as bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as the jetlag would allow.

Of course, you have to subtract from those eight years the six weeks I spent in Norway and six months in New Zealand to get the actual amount of time I’ve been in China, but still: Eight years. Somehow that makes me feel old.

6 Responses to “eight years”

  1. Matt Schiavenza Says:

    Wow…I just had my third a few weeks back and even THAT seemed like a lot. As well as the usual “what the hell am I doing here?” questions that accompany such an event.

  2. wangbo Says:

    I think I’ve gone beyond the “what the hell am I doing here?” questions. These days, it’s more like “what the hell would I do outside China?”

  3. John Says:

    Congrats on passing that milestone.

    I can understand why you might wonder what the hell you’d do outside of China. I’ve been wondering the same myself, which is a good indication that even I’ve been here way too long.

  4. wangbo Says:

    Yes, John, it seems we’re both quite firmly stuck here. Happily stuck, in my case, which is good.

  5. Matt Schiavenza Says:

    Not me…not yet, anyway.

  6. wangbo Says:

    Give it time, Matt….