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Wandering the world

One of the biggest contradictions in my personality: I want to see the entire world, but I'm a homebody at heart. I'd like to visit several European countries and various parts of Asia and Africa, and eventually get all the way out to Australia and New Zealand. But I could never do the "take off for a year and travel the world" thing because I'd get too homesick and start feeling depressed and out of place instead of excited. I need my one place to come back to. So I'm just going to have to work in a trip here and there when I can.

I realized after last year's Britain trip that if I was going to see all the places I want to see, I've got to be getting out of the city more than once every three years. I made a sort of resolution to go some place new at least once a year. So when I found out that the main family Chris and I work for is going away for nine days in April, I figured, hey, this would be the perfect chance to go somewhere, because we won't have to miss work (well, I'll miss one shift with the other boy I work with, but not a big deal), and it's a better time of year to avoid masses of tourists than the other time they usually go on vacation (August).

First we were thinking New York, because that's the one city in the North America we both would really like to see and have never been to. And I figured North America would be the cheapest. But then I was looking at flight costs (gah!) and hotel costs (double gah!) and it seemed like so much money just to spend a few days in a place. Plus a lot of the better yet inexpensive places were already booked up. Chris pointed out, also, that some time soon one or both of us with have a real reason to go (I might go to a conference, or go sometime when Kristin's visiting so I can meet her in person, for example) and we could explore the city then.

But I really wanted to go somewhere. So I started plugging in different cities in Europe, just to compare costs--how much to go to Paris? Rome? Madrid? Athens? The only one that seemed affordable was Paris, but Chris isn't especially interested in going there.

So then, just out of curiosity, I checked fares to China. And realized that, because staying in China is so inexpensive, we could spend a little over a week there and it would actually cost less than those other places in Europe. And we both would really like to see the country. And we've saved quite a bit of extra money over the last few months. And I've been working all these extra shifts at the school. And the opportunity to go at this time of year might not come again soon if I'm working full time next year. So...

I booked our tickets last night. We're flying into Beijing and out of Shanghai, spending most of our time in the former. I'm a little nervous, but mostly excited. It's going to be an adventure! :D



( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 25th, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
Wow, cool! China, now that really does sound like quite the adventure! I'd love to see China but I'll have to get much better with airplane flight first...
Feb. 25th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
Yay for traveling!

I visited China in 2003 and I am very glad I visited. My favorite place was Yangshou, where they have beautiful and strange mountains.

If you need a cheap place to stay in Shanghai, Captain Hostel (http://www.captainhostel.com.cn/captainhostel/bund/main_e.html) is very cheap, clean and friendly.

Pleas share pictures when you return! :)
Mar. 2nd, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)
I wish we could stay longer and see more of the country! Later, I suppose. Thanks for the recommendation!
Feb. 26th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
Oooh, travel, one of my favorite subjects. I have seen much of the world, but like you, I am a homebody. That's why "travel" as in, a week here and a week there doesn't work for me. When I go someplace, I usually stay for a year or so and make it my home. I become a homebody in another country. Luckily, as a teacher, I've always found work.

Beijing and Shanghai! Never been but I can't wait to hear about it when you get back!
Mar. 2nd, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
See, I don't know if I could stand being away from my family for an entire year--and I have so much stuff here (mostly books) that I'd have to store somewhere... We've talked about things like teaching abroad for a year, but I suspect we're going to stick with the week-to-a-month vacations. :)
Feb. 26th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
Fwee! Promise me you'll take lots of pictures!!

I hope going there finds a way to inspire your writing in a unique and charming way.

I love travelling, too, but I'm very...anxious about travelling, especially for long periods of time X.x
Mar. 2nd, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm a little nervous, especially because it's my first time in a country where most people don't speak English--but Chris's theory is, the fact that we're nervous means we should face our fears and go! :D

I'm hoping it'll inspire the writing, too. That's one reason why I wanted to go to cities rather than countryside--I want to get more sense of atmosphere for Possessing Lucy.

Thanks for the well wishes!
Feb. 26th, 2007 10:19 am (UTC)
Woo! Excellent! I hope you have a magnificent time!

I am right there with you on the wanting to see all those places and yet not being the personality type to be away from home for very long.
Feb. 26th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
Lucky you! We were hoping to do Szechaun at some point; supposed to be very naturally pretty, all forests and whatnot. I've heard Beijing is very, very big and the sidewalks aren't clearly marked, which is scary, but a really interesting place what with the mix of modern and rural.
Mar. 2nd, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
It's such a big country, so much to see--I wish we had more than 10 days!

BTW, we did chi sau in kung fu class last week. Really great training technique. I thought of you and your Wing Chun classes the whole time. :D
Feb. 26th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy for you! I hope we on LJ get to hear all about it.
Mar. 2nd, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
re: Cat Sitting

Sorry to post here, but I'm banned from the Toronto Community. I would like to care for your cats while your away. I've never done this for anyone before, but I'm very kind and caring with cats. I have two cats at my parents house. I live close by (Bloor/Spadina).

I'd love to feed them, play with them and if its ok, I'd even bring a book so they can sit on my lap beside me. The money isn't too important, but at least least a few dollars per visit.

I know I don't have a good rep in the Toronto Comm but I'm sure those on there who've met me can vouch for me.
Mar. 2nd, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
Re: Cat Sitting
oh, I work in the day so would only be able to care for your cats in the eveings (after 5PM).
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