Sunday, August 31, 2008

Coming in hot. . .

So I'm leaving in a week and a half.  It seems pretty crazy that I won't see my friends and family or be in Minneapolis (or anywhere familiar) again from seven months.  I could almost have a kid and no one would know.  Now that's scary. . .  Anyways, I have a visa and a plane ticket, so somehow, I will be in another world in ten days.  I honestly have no idea what to expect.  I don't know where or with whom I will live, what I'll eat, what I'll do on a day to day basis, who I will spend time with, or (aaaahhh) if there will be a kitchen for use anywhere.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

25 days

I'm off to Beijing in 25 days.  I've finished my internship for the summer, and have the rest of my time in the country to spend with my family before leaving them for 7 months.  Like everybody and their cousin, I've been watching the Olympics, and it's pretty cool to get a little prequel to the Beijing experience.  They even ran by Tsinghua University in the marathon today.  Hopefully I can brush up on my Mandarin with the China Game (Rosetta Stone), and practice my dumpling folding skills to impress my distant Asian relatives.  

I'm still not sure what I'll be doing in the spring, but it looks like I may remain in limbo for a while.  I'll get there.