These last couple of weeks have been an insane blur of travel and emotions. If you follow me on Instagram (@HannahSouers), you have a good idea of what it has been like traveling between Shanghai, Beijing and back to my hometown in Washington State, but here are the details of the crazy adventures:
The first night in Shanghai, we walked along The Bund, which gives a great view along the water of the skyline.
See that building on the left... the really tall one? That is Shanghai Tower, the (second) tallest building in the world. I'll talk about that later in this post!
We started Saturday (day 2) in Shanghai by going to the Jade Buddha Temple. While it was stunning and beautiful... we couldn't find the Jade Buddha.
The last place we went to on Saturday was the Propaganda Poster Art Center... which in and of itself was an experience. Again, we weren't allowed to take pictures inside but we also survived going to it which is a plus.
The weekend after my "Shanghai Adventures", I flew the 6,000 miles to my hometown in Washington State to see one of the most important people in my life, H2, get married!
The flight was 12 hours long from Beijing to Seattle and I was only home for 48 hours but I have to say, it was completely worth it and I'm honored that H2 (We are both named "Hannah"... I'm H1 because I'm 7 months older) asked me to be her maid of honor!
The wedding was stunning and I'm proud to say I didn't cry... until it was time to say goodbye to H2. She's been my best friend for ages and the closest I will ever get to having a sister. I'm so happy for her and her awesome husband, John.
Picture credit to Ensign Photography who took the following two stunning pictures!
While I love living in Beijing and I don't regret making the move at all... leaving was hard.
I didn't get enough time to really be with my loved ones back home but thinking now, I don't think any amount of time is enough. The 6,000 mile difference just makes me appreciate the time I do get with them. I don't think I will ever take it for granted again and I feel so lucky that I was able to spend the time I did with them and was able to be there for H2's wedding.
Oh, one last thing: During the wedding, my parents and two of our family friends, Amy and Brian, stole my phone to take this blurry gem of a picture.
Stay tuned for the next post which will be about overcoming the little challenges that come with living in China!