Bus Trip to Siming Lake
Today I made my first solo bus trip out of the city to the surrounding countryside. It might not sound like a big deal, but for someone who actively avoids busses in my home country, getting a bus in a foreign country where I don't speak the language seemed pretty daunting. Nonetheless, I found out bus numbers from one of the local staff at school and took a trip to a place called Siming Lake. It was about a 40 minute journey on two different busses and only cost me 3 kuai each way. I managed not to get lost, and to find my way back home smoothly, which has given me more confidence to get out of the city and make the most of cheap bus rides. There’s also something really nice about travelling by bus with the locals, as opposed to taking a taxi by yourself.
Despite the cloud and fog, Siming Lake was a pretty attractive place to walk around. The only problem was that I wasn’t sure where I should get off the bus. As soon as I spotted the lake, I got off at the nearest stop- in hindsight however, I probably could have stayed on a bit longer in order to explore a slightly more interesting part of the lake. As it was, I managed to find some tea plantations, a small bamboo plantation and finally ended up at some factory buildings which meant I had to turn back and retrace my steps. I could really have done with someone who knew the area to direct me to the best place to walk around the lake- maybe somewhere a little more scenic! I did manage to take some decent photographs though, and felt better for spending a few hours wandering around aimlessly, enjoying the lapping sounds of the lake and birds singing.
This evening I went for dinner with Dasha (the newest member of foreign teaching staff at work). It’s strange to no longer be the newbie teacher, and in a way it makes me feel I have more responsibilities. I’ve been here for just over a month now so it’s getting to the point where I can no longer blame things on the fact that I’m new to the job/country. I think this will do me good though, and force me to be more independent.
I’m feeling very positive at the moment and looking forward to lots more solo bus adventures!