Sunday, September 21, 2014
China in the AM
Waiting this morning for my pet sitter to come pick up my boys. I always get a little sad when I have to leave them with someone else. I haven't left them with anyone since being on the road so I hope they will be at least content while I am gone. They will make new dog friends and I'm sure will have a blast.
I think I have everything set for my trip. Packed 2 changes of clothes and PJs. Have stuff to entertain me on the 18 hour flight and the 10 hour train trip I will take from Shanghai to Beijing. I almost did the 22 hour train trip but figured I would probably regret that decision. They have the fast train which can get you there in 5 hours but I wanted to see the country a bit along the way.
I will be spending a few days with my friends in Shainghai to get acclimated and figure out the rest of my trip. I will be couch surfing in Beijing. I will be speaking with students for an hour a day for a meal and place to stay. Not sure yet how long I will be in Beijing. Will be getting my plane ticket to Bangkok when I get to China. I hope to do Beijing Sideways tour to the Great Wall. Quite a splurge for me but hoping I can pull it off. That is the only thing I have in mind for Beijing. Not a big planner.
Then Thailand... I have no clue. I want to go to Chiang Mai and rent a motorcycle for a few days. Hope that can happen. I haven't had any luck with couch surfing in that area so will most likely stay at a hostel. Then it just depends on time and if I'm bored. May go down to southern Thailand for a day or two before heading back to Bangkok to catch my flight back to the U.S.
Plans are made to be broken so I'm just going to let life happen. I know I have a plane ticket from the U.S. To Shanghai, a train ticket from Shanghai to Beijing and a plane ticket out of Bangkok back to the U.S. So at some point I have to get to Thailand but other than that everything is up in the air.
Letting life lead and the adventure will follow.
I will try to post when I can but will hopefully have tons of pictures and stories to share when I get back. Hopefully won't be as boring as those vacation slideshows...I will try to make it entertaining. :)