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The trip back to Taiwan was not to eventful. I did figure out how to take a bus from the train station to the airport. So instead of shelling out some 70 Renmingbi I shelled something like 10. On the bus, I sat next to a Beijing Univ physics grad student, and we had a nice talk about China, science, his research, and his future. What a trip! I saw and felt so much. Most notably, I was surprised by how often I could feel happy and sad - at the same time. I sometimes felt happy to be finally back among my people, but I also felt sad at how distant I was to their experiences. I felt happy to see so much progress, but also felt sad to see why we still need progress and how much more progress was still needed. I felt happy to see so much history yet felt sad to see how much history had been and was to be destroyed. I felt happy to see people's determined purpose to make a better life but felt sad about my own lack of purpose and courage about life. The trip is a beginning not an end - just like my bike trip symbolized a beginning and not an end to a journey.... I hope I will find the will, drive, and courage to claim and do "what I've been looking for" ... soon ....

Away from Beijing to Hong Kong
Fields in Beijing area
Nearing Hong Kong
Hong Kong #1
Hong Kong #2
Hong Kong #3
Hong Kong #4

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