Guess where I'm going tomorrow morning!
Amanda landed in Seattle tonight, and we leave first thing in the morning for China. We start with a short jump up to Vancouver, then the long haul to Beijing, where we'll land around 2:30pm on Thursday. We will have spent roughly one million hours in the plane. I have 42 new ebooks on my Kindle and two paper-copy design magazines; plus a bunch of granola bars and nuts. At least I won't get bored or starve to death.
Normally I'd say "stay tuned" for stories and photos of our adventures in the great Red State -- only the censors appear to have barred Internet access to most of the websites I use for blogging. So there's a good chance it'll be radio silence until I get back to the US in ten days.
What will you miss? Well, we'll be staying with Quynh-Nhu and Nikolas, my Franco-German friends who are living the glamorous life of German diplomats in Beijing. They've offered to let us use their place as a landing pad while we explore the city: the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, street food tours, Michelin-starred restaurants, French theatre, shopping. On Sunday night we'll take an overnight train to X'ian to see the famous terra cotta warriors before continuing on to Shanghai. After a couple of days in Shanghai, we'll hop back up to Beijing for a couple more days there before flying home.
It's going to be quick and fun and only a mere scratch in the surface of all there is to experience in China. And if I never find a way through the firewall, stay tuned for after-the-fact posts with photos and stories.