OK, for real this time

Artist's rendition.
Artist’s rendition.

My visa will be in my hot little hand on Wednesday. I leave Thursday evening. I arrive Saturday morning (yeah, that’s going to be a long-ass flight). It is finally happening.

Not much else new to report. I’ll do a longer post on studying Chinese–I’ve found a lot of resources over the last week or so that have made things easier. I’m also taking an edX course on Chinese history, and that’s been useful. Still haven’t fit everything into my suitcases, but I guess I’d better do that.

I have to say, every time I think I’ve gotten to the point where I have achieved a state of healthy acceptance and infinite patience, something happens to make me realize that I have a lot of expectations about how things should go down. That’s good, and it’s part of what’s going to make this a good and enriching experience for me. I just have to walk the fine line between accepting what I can’t control and being passive about my situation(s).

Next time I update, I’ll be in China.