Sunday, April 6, 2008

Shock to System, of Sorts

The psyche of Johan has endured a rollercoaster ride over the past few days. Tuesday and Wednesday were spent living it up in Nanjing, his adopted hometown. His beloved Vancouver Canucks romped to a 6-2 win over the Calgary Flames to stay in the playoff race.

It would be fit to say things haven’t been going his way since leaving Nanjing Railway Station bleary-eyed and morose. The Canucks dropped a 2-1 decision to the Edmonton Oilers to fall out of playoff contention, and Johan also realised that he likely won’t be able to return to the Middle Kingdom for at least two years. In short Hangzhou, as far as he is concerned, has yet to bear fruit.

But luckily our man is a firm believer in the saying, “tomorrow is always a better day.” Heck, it seems like this may work out. See, Johan is a big fan of boating, and a fair portion of Saturday will be spent touring Hangzhou’s famed West Lake.

Followed by that will be a visit to the renowned tea plantations surrounding the city, which his uncle visited a fortnight previously. Whilst it is hard to soften the trauma endured by the poor boy, he acknowledged his privileged upbringing in a recent interview. As such, thinks could be a whole lot worse than they are.

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