3 weeks from today I will be setting foot into a world where carbohydrates are the main food group (make sure to get your 5 a day), using a knife and fork is frowned upon and your fate is determined, oh yes, through a cookie. But hey ho like all you intrepid explorers out there, I too, am seeking an adventure and China seems a pretty appropriate place to go looking for one. I'll be honest, it hasn't been an easy ride - late nights studying the 1st conditional and erm, determiners?, long hours boshing out cappuccino's at 100 miles per hour in the well-known joint Costa Coffee and turning up at the visa centre...just to be turned away again empty handed. However, things are starting to look up, the light is at the end of the tunnel, or as the Chinese may say; the smog is beggining to clear and I am finally getting sorted. Flights are booked - thanks to a very generous sale from a well-known British airline, the visa centre eventually made the right decision and insurance is a current work in progress; I will soon be covered for pretty much any outdoor/indoor/high-speed/hi-tech/high-adrenaline/altitudinous/subterranian/tropical/deep-sea activity known to man. Now all that is left to do is whip out the sticky-back plastic and the January edition of the radio times and put together some - here's one I made earlier - make shift flashcards. Oh, and purchase a rucksack - are people taking 65 litres or 100 litres? I walked into Millets the other day and requested to look at their 100 litre bags and the two women in the store laughed at me and then informed me that there was no way I would be able to carry 100 litres. They laughed at me again when I attempted to tell them that I definately DO need the bigger bag and began listing every item of clothing I will be taking. They then interrupted me to inform me its a 30kg weight limit anyway. Oh.
It would be reassuring to know of any similar problems people have faced or are currently facing, and also what people are doing to prepare for the trip. According to my diary the 13th February is my "preparation day" - however at the moment this will probably entail watching Jeremy Kyle and eating as many roast dinners as I possibly can before an enforced 5 month abstinence from them. So yes, how are people preparing?
Until next time...that's all folks xx