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Winter vacation and Chinese new year

As most of you probably know, the Chinese new year takes place during the winter vacation, which starts on January 15th this year and lasts until February 22nd (this year, the actual new year occurs very late, in mid February). In practice, this means that five days and four final exams from now, I have a five week vacation. Not bad.

At first, I thought that I would go home to Sweden for a month or so, relaxing, recharging batteries and making sure that I’m ready to launch myself into another semester at the end of February. Things have changed a bit, and now I don’t think I will go home at all during the winter vacation.

Why? As usual, there are a number of reasons. Going home is expensive, takes a lot of time and contributes to global warming. All these can be motivated if the cause is good (except perhaps the last one), but I feel that I don’t have any really good reason for going home. I’m sure I will go back to Sweden this summer, so why go back now? It feels wasteful to leave Taiwan for a month, then return only for four months and then leave again. Better then to take the opportunity to learn more Chinese and spend more time with people here.

My original reason for going home, except for the chance to cool down a bit, was also that it would be exceptionally boring staying here, since most friends are either going home or will be otherwise engaged. That is, if not a misconception, then at least an exaggeration. I’m pretty sure I can keep myself occupied, partly on my own with studying, writing and exercising, but primarily with friends, Taiwanese and foreign. This means that I’m up for almost anything anybody (yes, that means you) might suggest, within reasonable limits. Staying in Taiwan also means that I save a lot of money, so spending some of it making the winter vacation worthwhile by travelling is also an option.

To my friends and family in Sweden: I miss you a lot and I’ve come to realise that more and more, especially during this semester. There are many things in Sweden that make me feel I can never truly live somewhere else permanently, and you are one important factor (I’ll write more about this shortly, as soon as I have time to write something seriously again). Don’t worry, I’ll return to Sweden this summer.

To my friends in Taiwan: Staying here means that I’ve a lot of free time on my hands (and I mean a lot). I hope this will be an opportunity to get to know you as well as your country and culture better. Don’t hesitate if you feel you have any idea on how to make this winter vacation more memorable. Wish me luck for the final exams and see you again when the finals are over!

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  1. Svante’s avatar

    Vi saknar dig också, som du vet, och det är skönt att höra att du kommer hem till sommaren. Lycka till med tentorna!


    1. Olle Linge’s avatar

      Tack! Och det ska bli kul att komma hem också. Grattis på födelsedagen (i efterskott, men bättre sent än aldrig)!


      1. Svante’s avatar

        Mjo, tack, även om just det här nog är en födelsedag jag kunde skippat. :)


      2. svampflicka’s avatar

        wish you have a good time here!

        and see you soon in the winter vacation! :)