We are leaving tomorrow–really! I thought I would leave this blog till tonight but think it best to check it off this morning it’s on the to-do list that keeps me up at night. We pick up visas and passports this evening; we have plane tickets and Chinese cash. Nous sommes prets–we are ready!
Forecast for Jiaxing when we arrive on Wednesday is for a balmy 31 degrees. Here’s hoping our ride from the airport is air conditioned. By the time we clear customs, find our folks from Jiaxing Secondary and make our way out of the airport and drive to Jiaxing, it will be early evening. Great timing for jet lag recovery! Maybe we will walk to the local Walmart to pick up some things–it appears to be in our new neighbourhood–then stop in at the local for a cold pint. Wait, different country. Will take it as it comes.
Sam has taken over my phone, same number. Don’t call! We will be skyping , blogging and emailing regularly. So with our friends singing a rousing rendition of “How can I miss you if you won’t go away?” we are off! Cheers, everyone.
Hi all – it now appears that we will be leaving next Tuesday (28th). As of 9 am this morning we were going to be leaving on Saturday. Then, as of 10:30, since they still hadn’t received the documents they need to get the visas, the travel agent suggested our flight be delayed until Tuesday in case there was some delay or other.
More to come, I’m sure.
Phew what a week. We found out early on this week that getting the work permits was taking longer than they thought it would. However, this morning we had an email saying that they had been approved in China and were being couriered back here and should be here on Monday (the day we were supposed to leave!!). Then the visas will be applied for and likely be approved no later than Friday of next week. Now we just have to wait and see when they rebook our flights – could be next weekend (the 25/26th) or the week following. We know all this rigamarole will be worth it – but it is frustrating!! Next post (hopefully) will be from Jiaxing!! 祝我們好運
(This says “Terry and Geoff” – apparently there is no Chinese translation for “Geoff” – ominous, isn’t it.)