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.  :)

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