Thursday, August 06, 2009

Vacation, vacation

Well unbelievably I am off to China tomorrow. I won’t actually arrive there until Saturday morning – complete with my first proper experience of jet lag no doubt. My trip will include Beijing, Xian (this will be so helpful if my A-Z travels ever get as far as ‘X’!) , a three day cruise down the Yangzi River, and will end in Shanghai* where my son will get to celebrate his 18th birthday. (When I was his age I had never even been on an aeroplane.)

We are so incredibly lucky to have a friend as wonderful and generous as the lady who is paying for a total of 13 of us to have this amazing trip.

I know it is going to be a series of extraordinary experiences although I am hoping to avoid the experience of the public toilets there if remotely possible (described in my guide book with words like ‘squalid’ and filthy’).

I have never been anywhere humid before and so the fact that the humidity is currently up to 92 in some of the places we are going to doesn’t mean an awful lot to me right now – maybe just as well huh?

Don’t know if I will get on- line whilst I am there but I will try really hard not to alienate visitors to this place by droning on infinitum about the wonders of the Orient for too long after my return.

Back on the 20th. Till then I love you (in different degrees depending upon whether or not I sleep with you), and leave you (but I will be back soon).

*Note for Yorkshire Pudding – I had thought we were going to Hong Kong but arrangements were altered. I think I have more than enough to look forward to regardless.


Gill said...

Have a fantastic time.

John said...
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John said...

Jammy bastard.

Needless to say, if you take any photographs of yourself soaked through with sweat from all that humidity, make sure you post them. ;-)

Have a great time! We'll look out for you on Google Earth.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Looking at the weather news, I hope you have packed a plastic mac, rain hood and inflatable raft! Could you make me one of your rich sponsor's friends? I would be happy to carry her suitcase and perform other personal services.

jay said...

I have never, ever wanted to travel to China, but I'm sure you'll have a great time if you can avoid those loos! My advice? Take a bunch of those disposable travel urinal thingies with you! There are various types on the market now! ;)

JoeinVegas said...

Wow, wish I had friends like that. Egypt, China, whereever. If you ever make it to Vegas there is a small town in the desert a short bit away named Zyzzx, so you can get to the end of the alphabet.