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!