Summer in Chicago is almost gone, and I can see the leaves twirl down from the trees and people wearing their sweaters to keep warm. When I walked alongside the beach alone, I saw fewer and fewer people walking in the sand. I felt a little lonely and I started remembering my last summer in China. Even though I have a new life in America, I will never forget these unforgettable moments of summer time I had in China, especially memories including my best friends, the relaxing scenery and the annual beer festival.
Summer is not only as my favorite season, but also my friends`. When I was in China, one of our common hobbies was shopping in the summer time because the weather in summer is excellent with the comfortable temperature and cool wind in my hometown. However, I don`t just like to shop. I enjoy shopping with my friends, but since I came to the U.S., I have only been able to find acquaintances here. My friends here do not have common aesthetic in clothes. Most of them prefer a more fashionable style; however, I think casual style is more suitable for me. I sometimes get homesick when I go window shopping alone due to this less joyful atmosphere. In addition, the outlet mall in Chicago closes at six o`clock, but it is too early for me and my friends. We have a lot of work to do, so we cannot go anywhere due to the late time. In China, there are eight supermarkets located near my apartment, and each of them was closed at ten o`clock or later. I would always invite my friends to go shopping together even in the evening. Because we have similar tastes in wardrobe, we usually give each other nice suggestions. Also, we want to enjoy the comfortable evening in summer.
My hometown Dalian is on the northeast coast of China, which has a really beautiful scenery in summer. In my province, hiking in the mountains and overlooking the sea are two relaxing activities that I did whenever I had free time. However, since I wound prefer most in daily life, some factors led to the abandonment of that. In Chicago, there are no hills or mountains to view. Therefore, I have to put my dream of hiking in the mountains on hold for now. Even though I came to the United States, I have still remembered the scenery mountain, the special plants and the vast sea in my hometown. For example, there are variety wild colorful flowers and different kind of green plants grew all around the mountain. Looked for further distance, I become more calm down. Besides that, I always sat on the top of arc stone construction and overlooked the extensive sea while I felt distressed and sorrow. Because this is the best way for me to relax and calm thinking. Although there is another replacement called Lake Michigan near my house, it is hard to have the same emotion and sensation as I had back home. I have found some place to relax, but Chicago is a seriously huge metropolis which is filled with rushing, busy and noisy atmosphere. In fact, it is hard to found a good place to relax. There is no doubt that Chicago is a prosperous business city, but not a tranquil place.
Finally, the beer festival is one of the unique festival in my hometown, which occurs on July 2. Historically, it is a magnificent festival, which attracts a number of people every year, and people enjoy this grand celebration with great expectation of delicious food, beverage and alcohol. The most impressive view for me is the splendid evening fireworks. Even though there are fireworks show at Navy Pier in Chicago, I still prefer watching them in my hometown. Compared with the Chinese, Chicago`s fireworks are slower and the show are shorter. Meanwhile, Navy Pier`s fireworks are more monotonous and less innovative. Even through , I lost beer festival this summer, I hope I can join in next summer in China.
In conclusion, my friends and I have common joyful and distressed memory in summer. Our laugh, our tear, and our celebrations were organized around of special summer. Even though I left something significant in China, I will never forget them and I try to create new memories here in Chicago. I absolutely miss China, but I really appreciate that I was born in China and now I can enjoy both American and Chinese individual customs.