In preparing us for leaving for China, we were told in our program that we would go through stages of cultural shock/emotional change: fascination, irritation, accommodation, depression, and adaptation. I think I'm actually in between the depression and adaptation stages.

not quite depressed, not completely adapted.

mostly homesick and missing California.

the sun doesn't really shine out here in Shanghai,

and I sure do miss that sunrise glow.

p.s. i went to starbucks in search of a pumpkin spice latte...

and no luck.

missing those pumpkin bagels & schmear from Einstein's, too.

so if you're reading this, please have latte & bagel for me.

i'll be reading

this book

and thinking about home.