Travels from China to Vietnam & Cambodia in 2015
2015/2/14 Wednesday Zoe arrives in Beijing
|February 13, 2015
Hi Sister Adelaide,
Finally feeling about rested up - got back to Beijing on the 8th -
Zoe (Wang Jie) went back to Jinan on the 9th. Hongxia's sister arrived
in Beijing on the 11th.
Frankly, I am not sure of the ultimate purpose of this trip, other than to be able to say that we did it - we made it - we played the SUPER MARIO CHINA-VIETNAM-CAMBODIA TRAVEL GAME and we made it back alive (3 jets, 4 overnight trains, 5 boats, 5 long distant buses, and 8 customs stamps in our passports). I suppose in time, the lessons learned might become clearer.
Zoe experienced a number of FIRSTS - flying on three jets, visiting a number of World Heritage sites, sleeping on a boat in the South China Sea, traveling outside of China and inside Vietnam and Cambodia, and getting to use her English in a most practical way - I picked up a lot of Chinese from her along the way.
I did enjoy giving Zoe the opportunity to get out of China for 24 days - for once in her life being a minority in a big world - surrounded by the Babel of languages that she did not speak or understand - she certainly got a chance to see how useful English can be - and to understand what I have been experiencing these past few years living in China.
We got on fine - between ourselves - and with the myriad of tourists and other 'actors' (drivers, servers, vendors, hotel people) we met. I am certain there could be a book here or at least an interesting story.
Talk to you more on Sunday,