He arrived in NZ at mid night five days ago, and has been camping at Aotea Square since. He plans to travel from country to country, but without a set plan. He packs light, and only packs for one season. He’s from America. He’s James. And he’s a traveller. As we were walking past each other he suddenly greeted me in Chinese – “Ni hao”. I turned arround, thinking he must be one of those who know only a few words and would greet a Chinese with “Konnichiwa”(hellow in Japanese). But he was in fact able to converse pretty well in Chinese. Well that’s not too surprising given that there are many from western countries who also learn and speak Chinese, till I found out he was only there for 6 months. He travelled to places in China where I have never been to before and lost many times in those cities. He worked in the farm so to make a living and immersed himself in the Chinese language environment. Although I doubt if I would want this kind of live but I admire that he’s able to put aside his career and his normal life back home. For better or for worse, life is definitely different for him since. He doesn’t have a camera with him and he’s broken/lost a few during his adventure. Thinking his friends and family back home would only see how he looks like when he gets tagged on facebook, I asked if he would like a photo in front of the camp site. And naturally, he did an Asian pose.
October 23, 2011 | Categories: , , | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |