As I left my apartment to go for a burger and to play poker with my new colleagues, I walked outside my building into the warm still air.
The city is surprisingly quiet. And despite 15m people, my area isn't overly crowded. In fact, I'd even say quite a bit less so than Toronto, with the people more dispersed. This is likely due to the massive streets here.
Perhaps it's just me, or maybe I'm still unconsciously in denial, or culture shock hasn't set in yet, but, I like it. I feel relaxed and at ease.
I'm not quite at the stage in my new life and travels where I earn all (or any) of my income online following Tim Ferriss' methods, yet I fee I have taken a major step in the right direction. After all, I just managed to move to the other side of the world in 60 days -- no small feat.
Over the past several months, I've noticed myself feeling more primal, nomadic and reflective of human evolution from that of other animals. The North American approach where we work ourselves to death is madness. We perpetually slave away for countless and worthless objects which are not only meaningless but fleeting. I want to earn passive income online, just enough to supply my food, shelter and means of transportation and spend my time with a partner trying new activities, wondering around, and exploring.
My colleagues and I went to the Blue Frog for dinner, then over to MOSCATEL for a few drinks and poker (which I ended up winning, and turned 50¥ in to 200¥, alongside a 5L mini keg of Heineken which I let them keep for next week when my colleagues visit).
Tianjin has me feeling settled and comfortable, my colleagues are fun, and the city is beautiful. The weather this time of year is great and I'm off to a great start on my travels. Welcome, to the rest of my life.