告别上海 or “good bye Shanghai”…Most of you already know that I have been accepted as a PhD student in Glasgow and, after almost one year in Shanghai, this is where I am headed now!
So, this post is dedicated to the great people I met here in Shanghai: some Chinese, some French, some Belgian, German, Italian, Mexican, Peruvian, etc… I was only here for a year but you all really became friends and made this year in Shanghai what it was for me.
Even though my journey ahead looks very exciting and is what I have been waiting for, I am not leaving without sadness. Sadness for going and live far from what has become my home and family with Thomas, first…and sadness from leaving friends as well. But I will stay in touch for sure!
First, this blog will help. Second, I will come back to Shanghai (how can I live without my Thomas and Potatoe cat, without a decent cup of bubble tea and some fried dumplings?). Third, you are all more than welcome to visit in Scotland, …if you are brave enough to come face the heavy rain and drink loads of whiskey 🙂 (Avazu people, we see each other in Milan!)
I started writing this blog in French in order to let my friends and family from Belgium follow my adventures in Asia. Now I am leaving Shanghai, I want to keep in touch with friends I made here as well; I will therefore start writing in English (and stick to french when I need to make fun of the chinese or scots :p). On top of that, I am headed to an english-speaking country, so it even makes more sense (not like I could have written anything in chinese before…). I know I am not leaving the belgians aside by writing in English: most of you guys speak pretty well english anyways – and if you don’t, please do… we need a competitive edge over the French people when our country dies and we become a french region 🙂
So, I will go back to enjoying my last few days in Shanghai and wish all the best to you guys. Please stay away from the typhoon!