13 August, 2012

Injury report: a final update.

After spending what felt like an eternity in Chengdu (specifically, it was six weeks or 1010.3 hours, if you're curious), I was finally given permission to leave and carry on with my service. (This may not be news to those who saw my facebook updates the last couple days, but I [boldly, and probably erroneously] assume not all my readers are my friends on facebook, too.)

My stress fracture has healed enough that I am walking on it. My first week of walking on it came during Eco Camp (don't worry, a blog to come), and with each week, I'm doing more and more. I'm still resting often, and doing a lot of stretching and exercising. The first weeks of walking were difficult. My legs were constantly sore--I guess that's what happens when you don't walk on them for a month.

I didn't want to return to Lanzhou yet. Instead, my project for the remainder of August is Operation Save My Summer. Currently on the itinerary is Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuhan and Beijing. However, I'm not travelling with an itinerary, so things could change; I just want to relax and enjoy my time in each city (and on the orders of the PCMO, I shouldn't be climbing mountains or anything particularly adventurous).

I'm already enjoying Shanghai.

Also, if you haven't gotten a chance, learn something about The Great Firewall of China.


  1. Enjoyed the summer 2012 issue of Contact in which you were one of the service features. I've been told I an SJC's first PCV. Have there been many that you know of before you? May try to send one of my first writings regarding my PC service in slums of Mumbai to Contact and have them send in an email attachment to you, if you like.

    1. When I was a freshmen, there was one girl who graduated and joined (bio major, if I remember correctly), but other than that, I don't know of any other Puma PCVs.

      Feel free to email me directly if you'd like. My email is mkn6466@gmail.com