Today, my teacher made fun of my two class mates and me because we talked about how much we loved pink, girlish princessness and Hello Kitty stuff. He said that his own daughter, who’s only four, had already passed her pink Hello Kitty period. We all laughed but it made me think about this cultural difference in Chinese and Scandinavian societies.
When backpacking through Southeast Asia, I meet a lot of interesting people but I only meet a few who really make a great impact on my life after they’ve left and I am alone again. Today, I want to share one story about my meeting with a girl who changed my online destiny.
This post is dedicated to my absolute best couchsurfing experience. My host Yeoung made my Korea trip more than awesome. Thank you so much for taking me in and be my bestie for a week while discovering Seoul.
I’ve done couchsurfing for quite a few years now. I started in 2012 when somebody close to me excitingly told me about the advantages and benefits of this arrangement. At that time, I was ready to join the international society. I’d already been traveling abroad twice on my own and the thought of helping other travelers while I was staying in Denmark made me excited.
My trip from Thailand (Chiang Mai) was planned down to details and I was ready for it. Everything went fine until it wasn’t fine anymore.
It was evening in my hostel and I was looking for my camera. I was looking and looking and I was sure I’d put it in that bag. When it wasn’t there, I’d in frustration thrown all of my stuff on my bed but it just wasn’t there. I had to acknowledge the truth. Somebody had stolen it from my luggage during the last ten-hour bus ride.
One of the hardest things about coming home is the racist comments from people around me. I grew up in a small town in the Danish countryside where the main population is pale Danish citizens. It’s not like everyone is against foreigners and mostly they relate to Middle Eastern refugees who hate Denmark and our open talk about their religion (The Danish journalists did make a lot of trouble a few times when teasing religious groups but that’s another story) when they talk about foreigners at all. I try to not listen too much but our town just received a bunch of depressed and scared Syrian refugees and many of the people I work with just don’t understand why they have to come here and “take” our stuff. I feel like I have to defend these people, probably mostly because I have been abroad and seen difficult lives of others.
I’d just given up the thought of going to university in China so I needed a new plan. I didn’t want to cancel my tickets to China so I decided to call my friend who had just graduated from the same bachelor as I was studying right now. I told her about my backpacking/work as a volunteer-idea and she was thrilled. She told me exactly what I needed to hear to move on from my depressed state of mind.
That day when I’d just received another disappointing email from the Chinese university. I’d excitingly opened the email but the excitement was fast replaced by disappointment. Another foggy answer with no real help from the international office. I leaned back towards the chair, looked out of the window while the tears started falling down my cheek.
You know you’re in China when ..
When thinking about where to stay in a new city, I always consider my two options; to order in advance or just go there and see what’s free. I usually choose the internet because an online booking should make sure that I’ve a place to stay during the night. Well, this is not always true.