I’m down to my last few days, and feeling conflicted about going back to Blighty. Blogging is not first priority at the moment – not to say it is unimportant – but I aim to write some field-work-in-China retrospectives once in the UK again. On the work-front, recordings and surveys are coming in at a steady pace, and I might push for some extra hauls of both before I leave. There are some tiny side-projects that I am developing here, and while I have a good gut-feeling about them, I won’t tell all until I am certain things will turn out the way I expect.
Lately the fatigue has kicked in as well. I’ve done two head-out-one-day-return-the-next in one week, and when journey-times are 10+ hrs, little old me is starting to feel the stress. One was my self-permitted trip to see the grandparents, and the other was a run to Beijing for some errands, including collecting my passport with a residence permit, and seeing the PKU supervisor. In many ways I am lucky, with all my opportunities, but admin, eughff! (Not complaining about administraTORS – I’ve been one, they get a lot of shit – but just the bumf really.)
That said, I don’t want to leave this place bare just because I’m busy, behold:
I’ll try to sort out some more updates before takeoff.