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Western NY Christmas

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Had Christmas with family. I always try to be around Westen NY at this time of year, it is just a real happy time, lots of laughing and story telling. It also shows me that I have a place and a culture in which I am (almost) a part. I suppose that this is what is meant by home.

I have began to notice the yearly cycles that I have happenstancially been following. I tend to get a very strong urge to leave around mid-January and then again in the middle of May. This seems to be without logical basis….I just need a drastic change. I need to jump not cities nor countries but continents to feel content. I tend to listen to the Rooster and when he says run, I run.

The season of Archaeology is finished and I am pleased. I will try to find different work the next time I need to make up some bean money. It is just real easy to keep doing field work- it spurs on constant travel, living expenses are covered, and it pays a decent wage. But much can be gained through work other than bean money. Many of the hows of living can be learned through employment and I feel that it is way past time to increase my knowledge of the practical. I think that after five years of Archaeological fieldwork I have pretty much been saturated.

I recieved my invitation letter to apply for a year long student (X) visa for China. I now just need to get all the paperwork together and send it to a courior to take it to a consulate.

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3053 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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