Well, I’ve just purchased my travel insurance! That was the last major thing to do before I
head off on this adventure! (Other than deciding what to pack of course.) I’m all ready to go.
Logistically, that is. I don’t feel quite ready mentally or emotionally, but then, I don’t know if one
would ever really feel ready in that way. It’s one of those things, like having children, that if you
waited until you had every little thing prepared and all the money you thought you would need,
you would never actually do it. So, here we go...
I leave a week from today!!!! And a week from tomorrow, I’ll be IN CHINA!!!!!!! That’s a crazy
thought. And in about two weeks or so, I’ll be teaching classes of Chinese students! That’s
I’ve had many mini adventures in preparation for this...I’ve visited friends and family in Chicago,
Milwaukee, Mackinac, and the Upper Peninsula. And I’ve had a great time with you all! I’ve
attended the Lilac Parade on Mackinac (and not had to work!), I’ve been to museums and parks
in Chicago, I’ve gone tubing, canoeing, camping, and been to Michigan’s Adventure (twice!).
I have not: seen EVERYONE I wanted to see before leaving, prepared teaching materials,
studied Mandarin, or read about Chinese history or culture. One can’t do it all, I guess.