Operation Summer Holiday: Planned

So here it is folks!

We’ve been planning out little hearts out over the last few weeks. Booking Couchsurfin’ spots, examining tourist attractions loosely buying travel tickets, that sort of thing. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about living in China, it’s that you should never ever count on anything being a sure thing. Whether it’s classes, taxi cabs, restaurants or general safety guidelines, you never know what’s going to happen. It’s a good idea not to plan too far in advance because any number of crazy things could happen and ruin all your hard work.

This works pretty well for me as I’ve never been much of a planner but, setting up an itinerary outline for this monster trip was an important milestone. I’ve been trying to figure out how I can blog and post my pictures while I am on the road because internet is few and far between sometimes. That’s still in the works, but it doesn’t REALLY matter. So far this is what we’ve got.

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Here’s the map, the new Google Maps engine is incredible. (It just won’t let you embed yet.) It provided my students and I with a means to collaborate on a spreadsheet for all of the best places to see in China. I uploaded this spreadsheet into the new engine and kerblammo! I had a huge part of the planning finished.

As you can see on the map, We’ll be hitting Beijing, Xi’an, Nanjing, Suzhou, Shanghai, Xiamen, Guilin, Shenzhen, Hong Kong where we will dine with Kings. We’ll be filling in the gaps of the major cities and stops with tons of little places in between.Some of these places looks gorgeous.

The last part of our trip is Lotte’s doing and we’ll be visiting some of her family in the Philippines. Katie and I hope to go snorkeling and scuba diving there. This trip will start July 8th for me and end around August 26th.

If you know any good places along our route (or not!) please let me know in the comments. We’re looking for any suggestions other seasoned vets might know.

We’re a little worried about not being able to speak the language, but I don’t think it’ll be too much of a problem. This trip is the reason I decided to live abroad and become a TEFL all-star(hah!). I can’t believe it’s actually happening.

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