Just over a year ago, a friend of mine asked if I’d enjoy a trip to China. I thought he was just asking to make conversation. Little did I know this was a serious question, until I was given the details of an “information session”.
I agreed and said yes. China is a place I’ve always wanted to see and explore, but it is going to take a lot to convince me to go there.
Therefore, I went to the session. I was very skeptic about it, until I learned the cost, the length of the trip AND that it is a TOUR.
After the information session, I agreed to put down a deposit in order to reserve my spot. I had until the summer of 2013 to decide if I wanted to go or not. Either way, my spot was reserved.
With all the reports of nuclear issues in Korea earlier this year, and the fear of war, I debated whether going would still be wise. Eventually the Korean issue became a joke, and I realised that the fear of war is the new norm. So, I put it aside and said this opportunity may never happen again. I’M DOING IT NO MATTER WHAT. I put my final payment in July and have not looked back.
As I write this, moments away from hopping on the bus that will take me to Pearson, I can’t believe it has been a year since I decided to do this. It feels like I’ve gotten so used to the idea of just “going” to China, that the fact that is happening today is still just a fantasy.
I wanted to make sure I capture my thoughts before leaving. I wish Angie was coming with me. I planned to go to China long before I ever met her. However, I have traveled and gone on so many weekend trips with her in the past few months that it feels wrong to be leaving her behind. I also want to make sure I capture every moment of this trip. As much as possible. Therefore, I will blog. I haven’t had an ever more reason to use my blog in months, but now I do.
I plan to take around a 1000 pictures. Not sure how I’ll be sharing them yet, but I’ll make sure I have the link available here.
Stay tuned for more…