Half a Day Away

It’s the night before our adventure in Asia begins. I’m typing this blog post as my last load of laundry dries, before being crammed into my 70 liter capacity back pack — a capacity that hopefully does not exceeds that of my body’s ability to carry it.

Tomorrow (Thursday, March 12) we board a plane in Atlanta at 11:15 a.m. and set down in Beijing at 3:30 p.m. (local time), on Friday. And no, it doesn’t bother me that it’s Friday the 13th …

Once we arrive in The People’s Republic of China, we’ll be half a day ahead of our friends and family back home (U.S. EDT). And from that point on, we’ll make it the objective of this blog to share all the wisdom that comes with these 12 hours.

Wondering what tomorrow will bring? We’ll let you know — at least how it went for us.

Rise and Shine

Long time, no see.  Hopefully you slept well.

Have you eaten?

No?

The future is almost here and we are waiting for you; burning money in effigy to honor our family, driving cars for the first time, and occasionally putting beans in our ice cream.  We talk about going to the moon, we take long lunches, and all of our grandparents have been awake, alert, and working out since 4 a.m.  A lot of us smoke cigarettes, but nobody can be perfect.

(Xinhua photo)

Some rice wine?  A little early you say?

Please, get comfortable.

It is here, in the future, that we will use our vantage on the edge of tomorrow to transmit these dispatches to you, our dear readers.  New advances in transportation, vocational pursuits, entertainment, short-term accommodations and expression (both artistic and otherwise) will be recorded for purposes of posterity and because none of you have time machines (or plane tickets to China.)

Sit tight, we’ll let you know what’s about to happen … just as soon as it happens.