你好成都。 Hello Chengdu!

Well, here we are back in 成都。 Our flight back was a little more stressful then normal. The first flight to Abu Dhabi was ok, but then when we took the shuttle bus to get to our next flight and the queue of busses all going to the same area made us a little hesitant. Our flight was at 8:20am, and by this stage it was 7: 20am. Knowing we had to go through customs made me even more nervous. By half we made it, but the queue for customs! I generally thought we were going to miss it. Thankfully it went quick enough, but by 7:45am we were running to our boarding gate, knowing it was going to close at 8am. We made it just in time. Although, after all that, the plane didn’t stop boarding until at least 8:40, as they were waiting for people.

So we had another 7 hours to relax on the plane to Chengdu. We then went through customs we picked our bags up…. well I picked mine up. Unfortunately Rafa’s bag got held up in Abu Dhabi, so it was stuck there. We had to go and organise how to get it back, and to receive some compensation from Etihad. Another flight should be arriving today so I hope its on that one. I’m guessing they will send it to our apartment when they get it.

So today I’ve been a bit sad, leaving my family and all that. Making it harder now with the new nephew too. But it was great being home, drinking tea, seeing relatives, and generally being with good company. 

In a way I’m glad to be back in Chengdu, to try and get into a routine again, and slowly out of the holiday mood. . . and get back to studying!

I’m going to miss the politeness of people, people not spitting or staring at me, being able to understand people, and the good traffic. Not even 5 minutes into our bus journey home we were nearly in a crash! Typical Chengdu driving! And soon after that there was beeping…. ah China. What will we do with you?

再见!

Aisling.

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