31 Dec 2012

arriving at the train station in Nanning

arriving at the train station in Nanning

31 Dec 2012 is the second time that I celebrate New Year’s Eve in China. In the morning, Y and I arrive in Nanning. We walk down a crowded street to explore the city, when he suddenly proposes to me. In the afternoon, we take a bus to a small town near a village famous for it’s high percentage of people over 100 years of age. We arrive in the late evening. The town isn’t anything out of the ordinary and the air doesn’t seem as clean as we would have expected, but this day is still special to us. In the evening we celebrate our engagement and the New Year by having dinner at a few street stalls. There are no fireworks, but walking through the streets of that town searching for food at night still has a special feeling to it. After a long walk, we are able to find a few street stalls and Y orders us every single delicacy he can discover. When we sit on tiny plastic chairs surrounding the tables and talk and eat the night away, I have a feeling that he is the right choice for me, even after knowing him for less than a month.

Happy New Year!

P.S.: I’ll be back in the New Year with more conversations, little everyday stories of life in Shenzhen and guest posts. Stay tuned!

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve abroad? Do you celebrate it differently from back at home? I’d love to read your comments.

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7 thoughts on “31 Dec 2012

  1. Such a cute and sweet story!! Sometimes the amount of time together doesn’t matter. When you meet the right person–you just know it! I’m so happy for the two of you! Happy anniversary!

    I’m back home for the new years holidays (for once!). Can’t wait to hear your stories from the holidays


  2. happy new year! (and happy engagement day ^^) the only silvester I celebrated in china was in chongqing and it was funny, because everyone bought balloons instead of fireworks and at midnight everyone released the ballons into the air. quiet, but impressive 😉


    • Thanks! I love 孔明灯 Kongmingdeng (the paper balloons you’re talking about). They are pretty and give people a feeling of piece. I prefer them to noisy firecrackers and supposedly they don’t pollute the air as much as fireworks would.


  3. Little sister, I wish you a wonderful new year!! I’m sure it will be exciting for all of us!! And New Year’s Eve is always different: in my blog I wrote about the only 31st of December I spent in Argentina – there was no chance to get to the city and I had to spend the night at home 😉

    ABRAZOTE (which means “big hug”)!!!


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