“Oh, our bags are packed, we’re ready to go, we’re standing here beside our door”…OK, not quite, but we’re almost ready. We got a phone message today to say that the cars arrived in China on the 29th and will be in Beijing when we get there. Just have to get them through customs and the inspection, get Chinese driver’s licenses (that should be an experience) and Chinese plates for the car. That I will photograph!
Our house sitting friends are here and have promised to water my plants and keep the bird feeders full. All else is optional. I’ve charged the battery on the camera, packed all clothes, a few copies of our novel, vitamins, anti-bacterial hand cleaner, umbrellas, kleenex, passports ( and copies), international driver’s licenses, French driver’s licenses, euros, dollars, calculator, reading material, a new notebook-smaller, lighter than my laptop, flip video, GPS with maps of China, Russia and Europe. None available of Kazakhstan, just a paper map. We’ve only forgotten one thing. I don’t yet know what that is, but there will be one thing. But since China is our first stop, I’m sure we can buy it there!
We fly out at 5:50pm tomorrow to Chicago then board for the LONG flight to Beijing, arriving there at 11:30 pm on Saturday night. I don’t know what body time that is. I think we are 12 times zones away and cross the international date line. We will be met at the airport-we have been assured- and taken to our hotel. The good part is, we can go directly to bed and MAYBE be sort of focused the next morning for the tour after breakfast of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Monday is the tour of the Juyongguan section of the Great Wall, surely we’ll be recovered enough by then to take lots of photos.
We now begin the really exciting part of this road to Paris.