It’s almost 1 am.
I am sooo sleepy, but I’m trying to keep my weary eyelids open for last minute packing.
Today, I have been shopping for things that the Chinese dont have, or at least I have been hard pressed to find there in my previous travels. I’ve also been enjoying luxuries like western food with large portions, (That’s western hemisphere folks, not food from a chuck wagon), western toilets (please don’t ask me unpack the ‘squattie potty’ for you here), being able to read signs everywhere I go, and most importantly, my loved ones.
I very excitedly used my new digital camera today to take pics of family, and I will be blogging regularly once I get to China. I leave for the first leg of my flight (to Chicago) in a few short hours.
I pray I have everything I need. I hope I didn’t overpack, and that I remembered to charge everything that needs to be charged. I am quickly realizing this post is just talking about mundane travel prep instead of something profound, but know that I am thinking of all of you that I love. I will be missing you when I’m on the other side of the world.
I am both thrilled and excited for the gift of this adventure before me, and sad that I am leaving home right as I got excited to try to settle in one spot again. However, I know I’ve spent too much time thinking about the past and the future, while I’ve been the greatest gift in this trip. I am truly going to practice enjoying the present moment given by God on this adventure. I’ve wanted to see Harbin–a city in the far northern part of China, 3 hours from Siberia– since I first read about it!
Siberian Tiger Reserve, Russian-Chinese-Church of the St. Sophia, and crazy-hot-nun costume, here I come!!