Been a minute since I was able to get here an update this page but I appreciate you waiting for me! I have been having an incredible time and hard to always capture it all when you are in the moment! This past week alone, I have hired a tech tech to come to my house, hire an Ah Yi (housekeeper) and gotten on a city bus! There’s is always so much to do here! Like NYC, Beijing is like the city that never sleeps…
Beijing is quite congested and there seems to be people, bikes and scooters everywhere. They have designated areas that run along side the roadways and street for them to ride their bikes and scooters but they always manage to be on the sidewalks….
Another interesting thing about being here is that ALL foreigners must register w the police. Yup! Failing to do so could spell trouble… the rental agent will work with you, even taking you to the local station to facilitate this task…
Have I been getting stares? Yup! Touching not an issue thus far….I just smile and say hello in Chinese.. ni hao (knee how)!
Here are a few flicks from what I’ve seen thus far…the streets, one of the markets we visited and a few faces from the BIBS Company. Not all of us are at the same school, there are three different campus spread out in this area.
And so it begins…
July 29, 2018 in the wee hours of the morning, two groups of cars; one departing from Newark, NJ, that held me, my daughter, my sister Mia and her hubby (the driver) and the other, departing from Trenton w my mom and twin sister Yoshi, all headed to Philadelphia Airport. It all seemed so surreal that it was finally happening…I was headed to Beijing, China! Before I really got on my way, I had a 6 hour layover in Chicago, but I had arranged to see my paternal Aunt Deany and her husband, Al, during that time, so I was scooped up and went to their home and had a huge hot breakfast. They are quite well traveled, so they showed me scrapbooks from their many travels in and around South East Asia. It felt good to have th right support and expertise as I began this journey! Once I got back the plane…I had 13 hours of flying time…ohhhhhh wee! The seats are close together…I expected a little more room, but you don’t get that unless you pay extra… note to self…might jump on that for my Christmas return.
Thanks for joining me! I am sooo excited to take you all on this journey of a lifetime with me! It is not everyday that a little girl from Asbury Park, NJ now living in Maryland, decides to pack her bags and move to the other side of the world. I may be one of the first, but it is my hope that through this shared experience, I won’t be the only one who subscribes to the idea of pursuing your passions and following your dreams!!!
Live, love, laugh and in the words of my wonderful mother…”Don’t forget to pray!”
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton