On Friday the first, I finally purchased my plane ticket to China!!! Today I started crying when talking to my boyfriend about it, because I am just so overwhelmed with joy, complete happiness, and relief, that I will finally be returning to the place that my heart yearns for!
It's been three years since I have been in my beloved homeland, and it feels like an eternity.
Last Monday I filled out and printed my visa application form, printed out my plane ticket confirmation, booked a hotel for my first two days there, and printed out the hotel confirmation (since 2012, it is now required to send in your round trip plane ticket confirmation, and a hotel reservation confirmation when you send in your passport for your visa). On Thursday, I got my Visa picture taken, and mailed in all my documents to get my Visa!
I will be leaving Ohio on April 10th, and getting back May 16th. It's not as long as I wanted it to be, but this is the amount of time that works with this point in my life right now, and I am grateful for any amount of time that I get to be in China!
I do know that I will be eating lots and lots of food, doing a TON of shopping, and walking, taking buses, and riding motorcycle taxis all over the city!
I've debated over this, but I have decided that I will not be taking my laptop with me. I want to travel really light (I hate checking bags!), and don't want to have to lug my laptop around with me. So I will not be on here a lot, but I will make sure that I go to an internet bar every once in a while to check in, and let you know how my trip is going!
You're all probably wondering, "How on earth can a waitress, that only works 3 days a week, save up enough money to go on a Cruise to the Bahamas in February, and then a month long trip to China two months later?!!" I guess when you put it like that, it does seem pretty crazy haha! I get asked this all the time, and so I have decided, that when I get back from China, I'll let you in on my secret! I'll most likely write a couple different posts on it, but I am very excited about this series, and you should be too!
I have exactly a month before I leave, and I don't know how I'm going to wait that long! :D
Until next time!