Moment of Awakening
5:30 a.m. -- perhaps the most tranquil moment of a day in this south-eastern town in China. The dim, silvery sky was lying closely against the landscape yet in sleep. Far on the horizon vaguely appeared some colors of lightness. The street lamps were still on, and lonely-looking. I was sitting by the window on an early train that would depart from this small station in a few minutes. It was soundless around, but one with careful ears could hear the liveliness of a summer morning. Then suddenly the train started moving, and in that one second as I was leaving this unknown place, lines of street lamps went off. Brightness in the sky rapidly spread over a night’s dreams and awaked a world that had been so different in a blink of an eye. I had never seen such a moving picture before, and felt like I, too, was weaved into a corner of it.
This is one of the several moments I have always kept in my mind. By then I was 18 and had just graduated from high school in my hometown, Nanjing (or Nanking in the western way of spelling), China. I was on a graduation trip to the west end of the country from the very east where I come from. In the long break from school and before college, life felt like an afternoon languor. And more like a mystery which I could already taste some excitement of expectations, yet still had drops of fear and ambiguousness.
Now at 21, when I look back, I am always so grateful that I could have captured such a serene moment of awakening on a two-week journey right after my entering adulthood. Since then I have always been on various journeys to different places, long or short, alone or accompanied. Each time this moment is there, soothing me and securing me how lovely and peaceful this world could be even when I am far away from home.
So, dear friends, Hallo from Heidelberg, Germany! Another time away from home, now I am a third-year Chinese exchange student at Heidelberg University from Tsinghua University in Beijing. I shared that memorable moment with you the very first time I blog here in the hope that you could enjoy the same wonder of exploring a new world, maybe done many times before in your lives, but now with me.
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