Most of the shock wore off last night, I think. Today it is easy for me to imagine myself in this place called “Xiamen, China”. I came home and immediately began my Xiamen research. A quick Google of “xiamen blog” yielded some interesting results, as did “xiamen expat”. Just hearing about it from actual people made me feel better. Here’s a list of things I discovered and am excited about:
- January averages around 11C (52F)
- July and August can get up to around 88F (31C).
- nearby Gulangyu is known as Piano Island
- Da Xia is ranked 13 in the nation
- There are two Catholic churches, with a Sunday Mass in English
My main concerns remain the likely dominance of seafood and the alleged unintelligibility of the dialect.
Most of the responses to the mass email I sent out yesterday expressed surprise that this idyllic tropical island wasn’t my first choice. I was so excited about Chengdu, for reasons that most of my family for instance doesn’t understand. But, since last night I have become confident about this as part of God’s plan for me. I trust that He will not ask me to go through anything that I can’t handle, and I further believe that His plans for me will benefit me in some way.
After all, Tulsa wasn’t my first choice either . . .