This past year was filled with so much wonder, discovery, challenge, and I hope, growth.
I can’t hardly believe that we began the past year in Egypt, on the anniversary of their revolution, traveling with good friends in Cairo and then in the UAE. I wasn’t sure I’d ever return to the Middle East after such a whirlwind trip, but lately I can’t stop thinking about that trip, the people, the cities, the mystique of it all.
My fieldwork really began to pick up in 2012 as I traveled frequently to a new foster care project for disabled children in a village several hours outside the capital city. I wrote one of the most popular posts on the blog that month, describing some of the lessons I’d learned from doing fieldwork in China, and tried to give you a glimpse of what I really did everyday!
In March, Evan and I spent 72 hours in Hong Kong, where I presented some initial findings of my research to the Department of Anthropology at Chinese University of Hong Kong. It was one of my favorite trips to one of my favorite cities!
In May, our friends Zack and Kristina joined us in China and we did another tour of Hanoi and Halong Bay. Soon, Evan was finishing up teaching, and I was wrapping up fieldwork. My family joined us in June, and we all traveled to the breathtaking rice terraces outside of Guilin together. Finally, at the end of July, we left China, and I’ve been looking back ever since.
Back in the US, challenges took a different shape–moving, readjusting to our home culture, academic culture for me, a new job for Evan (yay!). The last few months feel as though they’ve flown by even faster than our time traveling the world and living in China. We love being back in Princeton, because our friends seem to enjoy coming back here, too, and we’ve had countless visits from dear friends these past few months.
And though I never thought I’d get there, but I’m starting to ache again to set flight for somewhere new and exotic. Guess that’s just the anthropologist in me!
2012 was also the five year anniversary for this blog. Five years of anthropology and ministry, Spanish, Chinese, world travels, centering prayer, physical and spiritual journeying, and gratitude–gratitude for you, dear readers, and gratitude for God’s blessings upon this past year and the next. Thanks for making this journey with me!
Happy New Year!
What would you like to see more of on the blog in 2013?