# Picture of Home

Written for Higher English in 2012

It’s been five years huh? As soon as the crude metal doors of the train creaked open, I leapt out, glad to have more than ten centimetres of personal space again. The childish grin instantly disappeared as a tsunami of 38$^\circ$C air knocked me staggering back into the shade of the train. After draining a bottle of water, I crawled out of my shelter and slid towards the shadow of a wall nearby, trying not to collapse under the glare of the sun.

Renqiu County, Hebei Province; the location of the Hebei Oil Field, 395 square miles of semi-fertile land, housing 819,000 people at an average density of 2,073.5/sq mi. It is located 49 miles west of Cangzhou and 65 miles southwest of Tianjin. But above all, it fills the background of my childhood.

As I stepped into the taxi, memories of my distant past began resurfacing as more and more familiar landmarks came into view. However, when I finally arrived at the gates of my community, all was not as expected. The once peaceful gardens and laughter of children had been replaced by monstrous skyscrapers and the irritating sound of V12 Lamborghinis.