And now on a totally different (and more sentimental) note…
Last week some friends from my old ultimate frisbee team in Xi'an sent me a video from a recent tournament
that they held in the city. Watching that video got me all nostalgic for the friends I made out there, and time we spent working together to build up the sport in Xi'an and beyond.
For those who don’t know, playing, coaching and teaching ultimate frisbee was a huge part of my time in China. I absolutely loved sharing the game and its culture with young Chinese people. For a lot of kids who grew up in a super high-pressure academic environment, joining a frisbee team in college is often their first chance to be part of a team, to be an athlete, to travel the country with friends, and just to cut loose and have fun. It’s a really beautiful thing to see.
Anyway, after watching the video from the tournament in Xi'an, I looked back at some old emails and Couchsurfing posts, and I realized that this past Friday – November 20th, 2020 – was exactly the ten year anniversary of the first frisbee activity I ever organized in Xi'an. It was just a small group of Chinese and foreigners throwing a frisbee at a local university, but it was where I met one of my best friends and the future co-founder of the first Xi'an ultimate frisbee team, the Roujiamo / 肉夹馍. That meeting and the team that emerged out of it genuinely changed my life in a whole bunch of ways, and it helped start something that I think this is really special out there.