Maybe the start of a new year is not the time for reflecting on years past, but that's what I find myself doing. Ten years ago, I had finished my first semester of graduate school. And, I spent the turn of the millennium with my friend, Anne-Marie, who I had worked with in Japan and who had taken my position at a small junior college on the outskirts of Beijing.
Here are a few photos I found from that trip ...
Top Left: Mao Ping (Anne-Marie's boyfriend) and I in Tiananmen Square at Midnight(ish) (Neither of us had a watch)
Top Right: Anne-Marie, her friend Louise, and I enjoying lunch
Bottom Left: Louise, me, Anne-Marie on a traditional street having a traditional snack
Bottom Right: Anne-Marie and I play in the snow at the school
In 10 years I traveled internationally (China, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, England, Scotland); I earned a graduate degree; I became vegetarian; I worked; I got laid off; I found a new job; I made new friends; I reconnected with old ones; I've dated and had sex and fallen in love and had my heart broken more times than I care to remember ...
No matter what this new decade holds in store for me, I'm certainly looking forward to the ride.