It might not come as a big shock, but when I returned to Norway I was a changed man. I had been smitten and decided to return as soon as possible. Within one month I was back in China, which I guess shows just how certain I was.

Moving to China meant turning everything at home upside down. I quit the naval university, rented out my newly purchased apartment, which I had yet to move into. My friends living at home got 5 days notice before I jumped on the airplane bound for Beijing, everyone else got 2 days.