A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~Chinese Proverb
It seemed appropriate somehow to prepare for DD1’s sendoff to China tomorrow by eating an All-American meal of cheeseburgers and fries. Having spent a month away from home at camp each summer since she was eight, DD1 appears unfazed by the idea of leaving us tomorrow to travel half-way around the world. “It’s only for three weeks!” she said as she packed her bags earlier this week. If any worries cross her mind, they involve food. DD1 may be an adventurous traveller, but she’s not so much an adventurous eater. Her carry on essentials include Luna Bars and PopTarts! Just in case!
Here’s the group’s itinerary. Fortunately, the trip falls over Spring Break, so they will not miss as much school as it appears at first glance!
- March 4—Arrive in Beijing
- March 5-6—Tour Beijing, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City’s Palace Museum, the Great Wall of China, the Temple of Heaven, and the Hongqiao Pearl Market.
- March 7—Xi’An Visit the Terra Cotta Warriors and attend a dinner and theatre performance featuring Tang Dynasty song and dance
- March 8—Tour the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Xi’An city wall before flying to Chengdu
- March 9-22—Participate in exchange program with Chinese partners at Chengdu Number Seven High School in Chengdu
- March 23—Tour Guilin including a cruise along the Li River and shopping at the local market.
- March 24—Shopping in Shanghai before travelling by magnetic levitation high speed train to the airport for the return to Suburbia.
I have to admit to more than a bit of jealousy when I read about all the exciting things DD1 will experience on this trip! She can’t wait to see her exchange partner who visited us last fall as well as all of the other Chinese students involved in the exchange. I’m hoping that amid all that excitement, she’ll remember to email her mom every once in a while and contribute a few posts to the exchange blog. Knowing teenagers and travel, however, I don’t plan to hold my breath waiting for that. I am also not going to worry. Repeat. I am not going to worry. Maybe if I say it enough times, it will come true!