I didn't tell anyone about this, but I have officially left China to return to the US and further my studeies (as a journalism major). At the time of this writing, I'm at Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea.
I have some pretty mixed feelings about all this. On the one hand, I get to see all my old friends again and my family, but I also have to be thousands of km away form my boyfriend for an extended period of time. Though I haven't written about him much, he and I have been together for about a year (not counting the period when I was in Xinjiang when we separated due to some issues), and he's the only person I've ever truly loved. When I was on the train from Lianyungang to Shanghai, I had to go into the bathroom and stand there sobbing continuously for about 20 minutes, and I still feel really bummed out.
However, at least there is a good side to all of this... My next stop in San Francisco, which I will be visiting for the first time ever (Jeff, if you're reading this, feel free to contact me if you want to hang out). After that, I'll go to Eugene for a while, and then up to Seattle and Port Angeles. My final destination will be Muncie, Indiana, where I will start attending classes at Ball State in January.
I'm using this computer for free at one of the duty-free shops, and I don't want to take too long, so I'll end this here and go back to the waiting room.