I have been back to Finland for two weeks now and everything seems like the same. People are complaining about the weather and we have Karelian pasties every week after sauna. But is my home here or in Guangzhou?
Wikipedia says: “A home is a place of residence or refuge comfort. It is usually a place in which an individual or a family can rest and be able to store personal property.”
Surely my place of residence is in Guangzhou, but most of my stuff is still here in Finland. Maybe the biggest difference is that in China I have my own space and in Finland I need to close the bathroom’s door to get privacy.
I will always be Finnish and consider Finland as the best place to be, but right now I’m longing for my own little home in Guangzhou. When I go back after five weeks it won’t necessarily feel like a home right away. It needs furniture and decoration in order to transform from shabby room to my place.
Changes that takes place in my neighborhood worries me. They have built a huge wall around my village and I can only guess what else can happen before I go back. For some reason Chinese officials want to hide the normal living from the eyes of sport tourists. What will happen when fans of Asian Games and angry villagers meet?