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China: Studies – When a Friend Comes from Afar

Published: 25.4.2015
... is that joyful? Already in one of my past articles I quoted the first sentence from Analects by Confucius. To be honest I thought of it very often. Prior my departure to China almost every other person asked me: „When may I arrive? You know I wouldn’t need a guide when you are there...“

Yet a year had almost passed, my departure was nearing and no friend had arrived. Sometimes some just wrote: “I won’t arrive. Would something small fit into your luggage? “ Sure “something small” can get into your luggage. But, when you have to fit a year worth of your life, books you simply have to take with you (and you really tried hard not to buy everything in the bookstore) and many good souls ask you to bring “something small” such a mission easily become a nightmare (thusly I apologize to everybody that I haven’t brought something small for them).

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Eventually, friends from afar make heard of themselves. It was my sister T and friend P. I had almost abandoned my dream that someonepřichází-li přítel z dalekafrom my family would see the country I spent part of my life in. Yet brave women appeared and feverish preparations began.

When you want somebody to visit you in China it is far from easy. It would almost require a team that would solve the logistics- one has to coordinate flight tickets, train tickets, you need exact schedule to get the visa, and document your hotel accommodation. Summer traveling across China we dreamt about meant many sleepless nights at first. We read thoroughly the Internet trying to get the best trains to have the right tickets, book hostels, and send all documents to the girls.

And we did it! When the time of their arrival came, we couldn’t talk of anything else. We were talking about where we would take them, what to tell them, what to experience with them. When I am thinking about it right now, I almost pity them because of the amount of information we “had” to tell them at once...

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With greeting boards in our hands we set off to the airport little bit too in advance. We couldn’t sleep so we hurried by the first bus going to the airport. My classmates were about preparing to go home. They were going with packs to post office and were cleaning their rooms. The only thing waiting for me during the oncoming month was to clean my room, which would be a story by itself. Unlike my departing classmates, I was about to greet participants of our wonderful summer expedition long to remember… But I will get to it next time – summer heat in Beijing is worth an entire article...

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