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All my bags are packed

...I'm ready to go.

Who knew that you could travel to Asia using only carry-on luggage? Well, I didn't, until I found out I'd be packing for 80- to 100-degree weather. Then I realized... shorts and T-shirts take almost no room.

So I'm almost completely packed for my trip. Right down to the bags of delicious flavored coffee I'm taking for me and my friend to enjoy while we're there. Even with the coffee wrapped in two plastic bags (one shopping bag, one zip-close bag), I suspect its smell will rub off on my clothes. Is that a bad thing?

This is the farthest I've ever traveled. And the first time I'll be in a country in whose language I have no hope of making myself understood. I'll go through customs all by myself -- they'll even take my temperature, to make sure I don't carry H1N1 or SARS or MERS in with me -- and then I'll get to spend the next nine days hanging out with a good friend from college, almost the only other person in whose words I'll find meaning.

Despite everything, we've stayed in touch, and now she'll get to show me all the places that now feel familiar to her. Her apartment complex that alone is home to almost as many people as my entire city. Her school. Some of the little restaurants she's learned to order food at (how, I don't know, since everyone speaks Mandarin or some other dialect).

I'll even ride an overnight train with "squatty-potties."

It'll be amazing. I pray I'll grow to understand the country and its peoples in a deeper way than I possibly could just reading a book. (I also pray I don't catch some disturbing disease, haha!)


Abby said…
bye bye, have fun, travel safe, see lots, not necessarily in that order. :-D
Unknown said…
The "deleter" above is me, who forgot to sign my name. So I will say first that this is Carol! Abby told me you had gone to China,and I was so surprised--WOW!--What an opportunity!--So I came here to hear all about it! How about a new post? Thank you!
Sarah E said…
Haha, hi Carol! Well, life has been a bit crazy since I got back, but it's settling down now a little bit and I've finally gotten to write about some of the trip! I plan to have several more posts up this week, too, and probably more continuing for the next while. :)
Sarah E said…
Also, I cleaned up the deleted comment so it's not cluttering up the feed here anymore. :)

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