Well, I am sitting right now in the Hong Kong airport waiting for a ferry to Shekou. I haven’t been out in the city yet; I can’t wait to see it. I think it will feel more real when I actually see everything. Now all I see is a bunch of people in an airport lounge. I hear Chinese everywhere. It will be nice when that starts to sound familiar.
I have met some great people along the way. This one student from Xian, China said to me in his broken English. “Humankind is so good, so many creations.” I thought that was marvelous.
When the airbus touched down, everything felt so surreal. Even the clouds were cooperating: white and grey clouds with pink tops, like cotton candy, surrounded the plane. I really can’t wait to get out and explore (after a big, big mocha – I will find one!).
It’s Sunday here at 7:00 am so that means that it’s Saturday 4:00pm in San Diego, where I left many pieces of my heart.
Here are a couple of photos:
My sister Ann gave me theses great bags for packing called ‘Space Bags: to go’ – they are the kind of bags that one might see on an infomercial. You know, the kind where they show you how fantastic the product is with customer testimonials and a bunch of demonstrations? I have to tell you, they totally work!
I am attaching a couple of photos. In the photo with the plastic bag, the bag is holding nine coats/jackets, one sweater, one hat, and two pair of jeans – it may not seem like much but it cuts the bulk just about in half, which is great for storage and/or packing! I literally filled the bag and vacuumed the air out, and voila! Tons more space. Anyway, just a quick tip – I’ve got to keep packing.
The countdown has begun! I leave next Friday, July 3oth. Very exciting, but I realized yesterday that I have more stuff than bags. I have to decide what stays and what goes. Then as I was supposed to be packing, I found an article on the internet about people who are on a ‘clothes diet’. They took the challenge to only wear 6 items of clothing for one month – they could use any accessories, but only 6 pieces of clothing. It makes sense – I usually wear the same stuff all of the time anyways, but it’s difficult because I always tell myself, I might need that… who knows? I might end up on that yacht with Tim McGraw or Benicio del Toro and I will need that sweater! Or not, but a girl can dream. So in the meantime, I just have to read that article several times and get in the mindset. Still would like the yacht scenario, but below are a couple of links about the clothes diet – enjoy!
Six Items or Less
New York Times article
Here is an interesting article on Shenzhen… I will be there shortly. Weird.