While I’ve enjoyed the government forced digital detox since arriving in China, I’ve missed being able to share the journey with you all. So with the help of fellow travelers and circumnavigating the system to access a VPN through Hong Kong, I’ll be able to post some photos today. They’re in no particular order. This is a shot from Suzhou yesterday morning. After visiting a silk factory, while others shopped, I roamed some side streets and made friends with these local kids, whose Mum was working in the salon behind. They were a little timid at first but loved seeing their photo. The Chinese people are lovely and we often get looks and waves on the street, as well as being stopped for conversation occasionally. I’ve been surprised at how little English is spoken, but the effort made from the locals to help us is tremendous.
Time for some culture shock!
Working on a fun Christmas present I got from my brother and sister-in-law... a scratch off travel map, which is sort of serving as my travel report card and making me realize I still have a LONG WAY TO GO! But looking forward to the countries I will add this year. Where are you planning to go?
Wishing you a little bit (or a lot) of this for 2018!
Cheers to more adventuring in 2018!! Apparently, you all ❤️ the US National Parks... and I did too. Wondering what travels you have planned for next year? I have a few in the works... China in January and South Africa in April. Hoping to pull a few others together. As temperatures drop, lots of friends are suggesting getaways to warm places. Just today, the Caribbean, Senegal, Panama, Costa Rica and Hawaii were suggested... here’s to spur of the moment travel. #iusedtobesuchaplanner #happynewyear #bestnine #2017
Doing the prep work for China! I was meant to travel through China in 2009, but I got sucked into Southeast Asia and never made it. It has remained a place I want to see, but other places have pushed it to the bottom of my list. Now that I’m starting to prepare for this trip, I’m getting excited about all the things that originally piqued my curiosity about this country... the history, the food, a culture that is still very saturated, the architecture... the food 😉 Many thanks to the people at China Visa Atlanta for making the visa application process seamlessly easy and relatively inexpensive.
St. Augustine is right!
Somewhere over snowy Canada ❄️