Beijing bound

I am up bright and early this morning to head to China, via Dubai of all places… seems like a logical routing.


Luckily I am traveling for work, not pleasure so at least I should have another glorious lay flat bed on the plane. We’ll see. I have never flown Emirates before.

On second thought, I’m not sure if traveling for work is lucky or not. I have kind of been enjoying my work from home status. I find that I am super productive when I am nice and comfortable wearing my running clothes to ‘work’.

Hopefully I will be able to blog while I am in China. I know that sometimes WordPress is blocked there, but perhaps with my US VPN I can still get to it. If not, I suggest that you read Eat, Run, Travel as a substitute. Amelia is teaching abroad in Shanghai and recently ran the Great Wall Marathon. She has hilarious stories about her time in Shanghai that I really enjoy.

As for me and Beijing, we go way back. I did a summer program there back in 2006 while I was in grad school. I am really curious to see how things have changed because of the Olympics. Perhaps most importantly, I am curious if menus in English will be more prominent.

On my first trip to China I ate quite a few mystery meals, which is fine, I’m an adventurous eater. This time around maybe I will be able to make informed ordering decisions!

I think the thing that I am most excited about is being able to run this week. I’m not sure what the neighborhood of my hotel looks like, but I brought my Garmin just in case it is runner friendly and if not, I know that they have a treadmill.

Boarding has started, I’m off to China!

  1. OMG, business class on Emirates. That’s going to out of control. Sooo nice. Can’t wait to hear all about it and Beijing. What awesome opportunities.

    • Brit said:

      Sadly, after the first leg of the trip, I have to say that Continental was way better. Maybe because the first leg was only four hours. My next leg is eight, hopefully that is when they pull out all the stops!

      • Brit said:

        Yep, Continental is still way better, even after my 8 hour Emirates flight. I’m really surprised!

  2. I love Beijing. I went there a year before the Olympics and a few tourist attractions were closed for preparations. It would be cool to see how the city looks now.

    • Brit said:

      Yeah, I’m pretty stoked about seeing the before and after. 🙂

  3. Lisa said:

    Hope you’re enjoying China! Maybe I’ve missed this because I’ve been a bad blog reader lately, but are you still working for your same company, just a transfer w/ Chris?

    • Brit said:

      Yes, I still have the same job. Chris transferred and I am lucky enough that I was allowed to tag along!

  4. Wow, I’m surprised to hear that about Continental. We have some single friends who witll fly to Dubai for the afternoon and back just for the meals on Emirates. It’s one place high on my list to visit. You’re getting to visit such incredible places.

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