Saturday, August 30: The big day has arrived! I’m off to the People’s Republic this evening at 5:00 on Air China. I’ll arrive in Beijing after what I imagine will be a grueling 13 hour and 40 minute non-stop flight. When I land at 6:40 p.m. on Sunday, August 31, I’ll spend the night in a hotel at the airline’s expense. In the morning, I’ll catch a flight to Nanning City, Guangxi Province, People’s Republic of China, arriving at 10:40 a.m. on Monday, September 1. I’m told that one or two of the students from Guangxi University will meet me at the airport and help me to get settled in. I’ll be living in an apartment on the campus, and everything is supposed to be supplied for the teachers. Supposedly we’ll be given bicycles to use, and a swimming pool is on the campus.
Though this is the third time I’ve done this, I’m still nervous. At the same time, I’m equally excited. I’ve read scores of books and seen numerous movies about China over the years. I visited Beijing in the fall of 2010 for 5 days. I lived next door in South Korea from 2010-2011. I’ll be happy to be back in Asia again. It’s such a different world than what I’m used to, I imagine each day I’ll be immersed in exotic and interesting experiences.
I don’t yet know the situation in China, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to blog. If I am able to, you’ll find me at catbird in china. It’s my understanding that Facebook and YouTube are blocked. I guess I’ll figure it all out when I get there. 🙂
Goodbye, for now, to America!!