2.6 hours on the plane down and 13 more to go! I’m hanging out at Vancouver International Airport waiting to board the plane to Hong Kong – the first stop on my multi-destination journey in Asia. I’ll be there for three days before going to Thailand to start my teaching assignment. I can’t believe this day is finally here! Everyone has been asking how excited I am leading up to the trip and it really isn’t sinking in till now. I’ve been so overwhelmed with packing and moving out of my apartment in San Francisco in 3 days after coming back from a week-long destination wedding trip in Mexico, that I haven’t given myself time to envision all the amazing sights and experiences I’m going to have! I know once the plane is descending upon Hong Kong and I catch a glimpse of this other “city by the bay” (hopefully I can see it through the smog), the butterflies (excited and nervous butterflies) will start swirling around in my stomach.
In the meantime, I hope to get a good amount of sleep on this upcoming 13 hour flight. I only got one hour of shut-eye before my parents and I left the house for the airport at 4:00am. As you can see from the photo, I had a hell of a time packing and repacking, trying to figure out how to fit all my clothes for 3 months – professional for teaching, Hong Kong chic and rugged for trekking – plus teaching supplies for the kids, gifts for my host family and all my “just-in-case” meds in one suitcase (yeah, right! I ended up with another very bloated small suitcase and 2 carry-ons). Thank you to my very organized and diligent sister for helping me figure out a way to fit everything.
Time to grab lunch now before boarding the plane…see you in Hong Kong!