The sky was blue, the sun was shining, the bus was full and we were ready for a great day!
(Shang you tian tang, xia you su hang)
(In Heaven There is Paradise, On Earth, Suzhou and Hangzhou")
Whoever said this was very right! If you’re trying to escape from the busy Shanghai, Suzhou or Hangzhou and its surroundings are the perfect place!
Let the trip begin! :)
In the morning after 1h30 by bus we arrived to Chongyuan Temple(重元寺）.
Two kind Buddhist monks were waiting for us and gave us the whole tour to the temple ending with a small meditation class.
At lunch time the ones interested, had the chance to try the hairycrab!
After resting while having lunch, with the sun filling the room, we all went for a cycling tour along the lake during the afternoon until the sun went down!
This simple yet full day reminded me that freedom, happiness, sharing and friendship are so near and accessible to us. Most of times we just find excuses to stay at home or wasting our time with meaningless things.
In the end of the day I realized that I haven't seen the sunset for months…something that I used to do in Portugal everyday, one of my favourite moments of the day.
I learned a lot on this trip. It made me realize that, specially for us foreigners, that spend our lifes jumping from city to city, country to country, in search for adventure, adrenaline, experience, we have no idea that most of the times what we’re looking for is just...ourselves.
Thanks everybody, hope to see you soon!