Packing Light

Trip Start Jun 15, 2007
Trip End Jul 24, 2007

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Hi, there.

My trip is going to start tomorrow, at exactly 4:30 in the morning when Kris and Bobby come to pick up Ben and me for the airport.  It's going to be a sleepless night for sure. 

We are both excited and anxious: it has been more than a year since our grant was approved.  For a long while we couldn't firm up a contact in China, despite our efforts through the Chinese consulate and friends.  Things took a turn when Howard Community College and CCID offered a much needed helping hand in March, and all of a sudden we are going to Suzhou!

Everything seems ready now except for the final challenge - packing.  It's the art that I have not mastered despite my love for travel.  "Pack light and travel happy," claims Rick Steve of the PBS travel series.  Well, it's easier said than done.  I think I've spent more than three days on thinking about what NOT to bring.  Mix-and-match, travel-size bottling, and going neutral on clothing.  I'm doing all these and still need to cut some more.  Note to self: downsize, downsize, downsize.

Packed light or not, I'm flying to Shanghai tomorrow.  More updates from Suzhou next.
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robcoyle on

Good trip!

Have a wonderful trip. I hope that the contacts you make will lead to some great opportunities for our students.

Pack light. Do not repeat the 30 kilo 'beast' luggage mistake that I made for Italy.


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