I find myself on the precipice of utility......
Trip Start Aug 19, 2012
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Being my overly romanticized self I've kept a steady stream of epic type music pumping while I consider my life and get ready for my next phase. It should be useful to note here that however often I seem to wax philosophical it's quite reduced from what it could be, I keep a journal that ends up with most of my incoherent ramblings.
So, one great idea for travel, write stuff on cards! I'm planning on getting my phone once I'm in China so I won't have an app filled smart phone to translate things while I'm getting to my school and getting settled
The passport and visa process turned out to be much more expensive than originally expected, with the combined total expense being well above $300. Granted, if you have a passport that's valid for awhile, you won't have that expense, and if you live in a city with a Chinese consulate you also wouldn't have to hire the sheisty third party visa service to handle your documents. However, with the life investment that's being made, $300 really isn't that bad.
I've got one more bit of overly simply advice before I end this little appetizer before the feast of travel tales begins
Keeping this in mind, I've planned my trip from the airport to the train station where I'm supposed to be met by an HR rep from Ameson down to the wire. It will likely either be exceedingly simple, or I'll have to can the plan and just wing it, but in any case I am not relying on anyone to actually DO what they said they would, i.e. meet me at the train station. Enter those embarrassing translated statements and questions. You may look like a fool, but you'll get where you're going without ending up in a heroin den or a flesh market. I suppose we shall soon see how this preparation has paid off.........