Ni Hao! Preparing for Takeoff…
Currently it is….2 AM early Tuesday. We have not gone to sleep yet, too busy making final preparations, last minute packing, and creating this blog so that I can keep up with everyone while I am gone. In about six hours my boyfriend and I will be heading out for the airport on my first trip to Asia, first stop Japan, but just for a layover, then Taiwan for two weeks.
I am in that sleepy haze of calm, although I am sure in the morning I will be very nervous, excited, and perhaps even a teensy bit terrified! From the airport we will need to take a bus and then walk a few blocks to where we will be staying. Total travel time will be about 22 hours, the longest I have ever traveled before. Jet-lag nearly killed me in Paris, I probably could have fallen asleep on the sidewalk if they would have let me. Asia will be the true test of my jet-lag capabilities, luckily we arrive in Taiwan around 10:30pm, and chances are I will still be exhausted enough to sleep.
I am so excited just to see Tokyo airport, I wish we had time to spend in Japan, but I’m sure the two weeks in Taiwan will fly by as it is! I am expecting the Japanese airport to blow my mind, but I can’t even imagine what it will look like. This is the furthest I have ever traveled, and I couldn’t be happier to have this opportunity. I am a very fortunate person, not only to be going to Taiwan, but also to get the ‘local’ experience from a person who was born there!
24 Hours from now I will be very far from home, how beautiful will it be? How many times will I totally embarass myself? What kind of food will I be presented with? How many hundreds of pictures can I take of one temple? What Mandarin phrases can I shamefully misuse? How many pieces of Jade are too many? Will I come home starting every phrase with “Buddha says..” as my best friend Kerri suspects??
…..stay tuned…the adventure is just getting started!