Sitting on the plane, about to spend a month in western rural China traveling without too much of a plan. I was exhausted emotionally and physically from all the good-byes and “obligatory” parties in the previous weeks. I needed time for myself.
I was hoping I could catch a few hours of sleep before landing so I can start my trip with energy and enthusiasm. As I started drifting off, I noticed the person sitting next to me was a simple little girl. I assumed that her family members were nearby and did not think too much of it.
I woke up in a daze after a couple hours to find her jumping in the seat, full of energy. Of course, kids. We made eye contact and she begins to berate me with questions. Very direct questions.