Very very soon I will be quitting Asia, in General, and China, in particular. I am going on some holidays before finally arriving in Chicago.
I would like to publish the farewell email I sent to my colleagues because It shows very well – I think – what my experience in Asia meant to me and some of the things I learnt here.
I think most foreigners that, like me, have had the chance to live in Asia or China love it and we will never forget it. And many of us will come back.
Farewell – 告别
…As the German singer Herbert Grönemeyer used to say, “the days were counted and none of them is left”…
…一个德国诗人和歌唱家 Herbert Grönemeyer 经常这样说过：”命运数算着我的日子,但日子现已所余无几了”…
I used to dream of Asia when I was in Europe. Now I do not know anymore whether I am a European who dreams of Asia or an Asian who dreams of Europe. During my dreams in Asia, the breeze of the Pacific has been blowing onto my face in front of Victoria Harbor, along Shennan Road, in the Bund or on the top of Tokyo Tower. Now that wind is blowing me away across the airs of the Pacific Ocean.
On August 9th, that inspiring tornado will drop me onto the American continent, where I will start a new dream, a new adventure: an MBA (Master of Business Administration) at the University of Chicago. I will major in General Management and Finance, and will focus on emerging economies like China, but also like India or Brazil. My studies will last for two years and will be fully sponsored by a renowned scholarship of a Spanish bank called La Caixa.
My time in [company name] has been one of the best periods of my life. [company name] has given me the opportunity to lead two amazing projects in a part of the world where I was a stranger but I am not anymore. Each one of you has given me the opportunity to learn new things, to see business and life from very different points of view, and to challenge my own assumptions. It has been wonderful to work with you. I do not know exactly how my life will be after my studies. But, for sure, I would be delighted if my way crosses again in the future with yours or with that of [company name].
On August 9th, my days start to be counted again in Chicago. But at some point, none of them will be left and the wind will blow me somewhere else…
Image: The map, found at the University of San Diego, was originally published in Time Magazine in 1952. I found this map in the blog Strange Maps