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The preparation begins

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I leave in less than 2 weeks for Asia...China and Thailand. I will be teaching English to Chinese kids of IBM employees. The job is through Concordia Language Villages and IBM. The program is called Hometown China, USA and is an immersion English program for Chinese youngsters. My trip to Thailand is strictly vacation. My friend Kristin is meeting me in Thailand for 2 weeks of R&R.

I always knew I'd travel to Thailand one day, but I never thought I'd travel to China--let alone live there. I've started making the list of all my "to-dos". It gets longer and longer instead of shorter and shorter each day. This will be the first extended trip I take as a homeowner. There's a lot more prep involved than just ending a lease or saying goodbye to gracious hosts like sisters and parents.

My biggest stress today is not having a visa. Counting the business days until departure, I have exactly 11 days. I'm hoping that the powers that be intervene in the red tape and the delays of the US Postal service and get the federal documents into my possession ASAP.

My next biggest stress is trying to get a flight into Phuket, Thailand on August 3. China Southern Airlines decided it was best if I leave Guangzhou, China a day later than intended and that my destination should not be Phuket, but Bangkok. Cheap Tickets has graciously tried to contact this airline while I've been on hold several times. My longest wait was 55 minutes and 43 seconds. My blood pressure went up every time I did the math for my monthly cell phone allowance. As I work on this first blog entry, I'm on hold. It's been 32 minutes. Fun times in Minnetonka. My friend Kristin is planning on meeting me in Phuket on August 3. Hopefully she will not be waiting too long for me.

Ok, so the update on the trip. I have a flight from Guangzhou, China to Bangkok on August 3 in the AM. From Bangkok, I'll be on Thai Airways to Phuket. The airlines is not able to send me any documentation of the flight. I was told that I need to check in and get confirmation when I arrive in Guangzhou. I guess I just have to have faith. Could be an adventure!

I've mapped my route for you to see the plan.

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