I’m Going to Freakin’ China!

Xi'an Wall

A few months ago, it occurred to me that, even though I have been traveling very extensively for the past couple of years, I haven't spent any time in any cultures that were seriously different than mine. Australia and New Zealand are both magnificent countries, but the cultures err on the side of the Western. Now, I'm looking for something so much different.

I also realized how selfish I've been on my travels, and I felt a deep sense of gratitude. I am so incredibly privileged to be able to do what I do, and I'm well aware of it. Not only am I privileged through circumstance, but I am blessed with a mentality that allows me to travel, go with the flow, live without borders, and actually be okay with it.

So, after two and a half years on the road, I'm going to China! I board my flight to Hong Kong in less than a week.

I'm hoping to travel briefly before I settle down in Xi'an, where I will teach English to little tiny Chinese people! I don't know where I will travel to yet, but I have approximately a week in Hong Kong and two weeks (or so) on the road before I plant my itchy feet in the middle of this Asian giant.

The amount of planning I've done for this trip is next to none. I've never stepped foot on this continent before and, though I just bought a guidebook yesterday, the actual preparation stage hasn't even taken place.

I'm winging it!

I'm just sort of showing up…and I'm going to see what happens. I have an approximate date that I need to be in a particular city, but otherwise, I'm just going to roll with the punches.

I'm also looking forward to my 20 hour layover at the Changi Airport in Singapore. From what I understand, it's like Vegas with planes. Is it weird that I'm looking forward to spending time in an airport?

This will be my greatest adventure yet!

And I can't. Freakin'. Wait.

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8 Responses to I’m Going to Freakin’ China!

  1. Kieu ~ GQ trippin October 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    That’s AWESOME, JER! Xi’an is a cute place. I’m not so sure on all the street food.. they’re big on mutton. But the dumplings are great! Again, if you avoid the mutton. Tends to be #1 on the menu though. LOL What a great adventure you have ahead of you. The Terracotta Warriors is by far one of my favorite visits during this trip. Looking forward to following you in China. Are you brushing up on Mandarin too? 😀

    • Jeremy Foster October 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

      YUM! I looooove mutton! Or should I be worried? Is it dodgy mutton?

      I haven’t done any research on any of the dialects. I haven’t had time!. I’m going to just…see what happens.

  2. Amanda October 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    SO excited for you, Jeremy! I can’t wait to read about your adventures teaching little tiny Chinese people!

    • Jeremy Foster October 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

      And I can’t wait to tell them. This is going to be such an exciting journey!

  3. The Runaway Guide December 13, 2012 at 2:26 am #

    Teach english to little tiny chinese people, haha I love it cause it’s true.

  4. Sarah Brinkerhoff December 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    Haha xD how did winging it go for you?

    • Jeremy Foster December 30, 2013 at 12:48 am #

      It worked out great! I spent 10 months in China altogether and that was probably the most rewarding time of my life!

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