Monday, March 16, 2009

China: getting there (and losing it)

I feel like I mess up more that my share. I mess up about 6 people's share.  I hate it. I have two options:

1) Stay in as much as possible as to avoid as many mess up incidents as possible
2) Try learning from my mess ups.

Unless I am having one of those lazy days, number one is not an option. I love to get out. I love to explore.

Today’s (and the next two weeks) adventure: China

Lessons Learned So Far:

1) When your dad tells you to be careful and not lose things like your wedding ring (true, very sad, very lame incident of 2001, on the way to Japan) at the airport, don’t just laugh like he is joking and say, “I don’t have one anymore.” Make a serious mental note to keep track of your stuff.

2) If you wear your belt that has been a staple in your wardrobe for 14 years that always make the security thing beep, take it off before you go through the first time. If you take it off to walk through the second time, remember to pick it up.

Goodbye brown belt. You have been with me through thick and thin. I am sorry I abandoned you.

3) If you take your laptop out of the bag and set it on the floor of the plane, remember to pick it up when you leave the plane. Whoops. Luckily, I realized it before we went through the passport check. We had to run back to the plane. The stewardess said we couldn’t get back on the plane. That she couldn’t get back on the plane.

This is where Karl is the Chinese Speaking Hero and ignores the stewardess and asks the Chinese guy sweeping the floor if we can get on the plane. He waves us through. Awesome. There were already about 25 people cleaning the plane. We whisked past them, all the way to row 40 and got the computer.

Serious close call.

Feelings of despair: Who is going to teach my kids? I don’t have enough patience for myself. Let alone a whole family of close callers.
Yikes. Ok, Christina, one day at a time…

Beijing has changed so much since I was here 14 years ago that it is hard to believe that I am in the same city. I remember more bikes, less cars, more gray. Though it is still very very gray here, it used to be more so.  There are so many cars here.  There are so may tall buildings now.  Shock.


five-one-and-a-half said...

Visiting China is on my list of things to do before I die. I hope you have an awesome visit and that you make it back without losing too many valuables :)

Angela said...

You're in my neck of the woods. Wish I could hop over for a visit!

mmm.chocolate said...

Yes, one day at a time Christina :-). I, myself, had an evening of close calls. I mean, I didn't lose my favorite brown belt (so sad!) or, come so close to losing a laptop. I did, however, nearly start a kitchen fire and then shatter a glass pan inside my oven, all while trying to prepare one simple meal. Yes, it does take a lot of patience, doesn't it?

Courtney said...

I miss your belt for you. And your ring (I have told that story before. Like this.."My friend, airport, wedding ring, so sad"). SO glad you have your computer so you can tell us all about it.


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