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My China packing list is up and I have my visa in hand!

June 18th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Not only have the Celtics won the NBA Finals tonight but today marks exactly two weeks before I depart for China! While watching the game, I typed out as thorough of a China packing list as I could which can be found under the To-Do page. I still haven’t typed out my clothing packing list, but will get to it soon – think less, comfortable, withstanding heat, and thick soles, and that basically sums it up.

Yesterday I picked up my passport which now is home to my China visa!! With that in hand, I have now obtained every possible paperwork and approval from China that says I can officially enter the country. It’s a HUGE relief!

I also had the honor of having coffee with John Powers yesterday who is a reporter for the Boston Globe and has been writing about China’s preparations for the Olympics. It was quite a treat to hear from an experienced journalist who’s been there and will also be there for the Olympics! Check out his most recent article here.

For the most part, I have everything I’m going to pack. I have a doctor’s appointment Friday to get the last of the prescriptions I may need, like an inhaler for the pollution. So everything is coming along nicely. Although the piles of supplies spread out over my living room floor looks chaotic, I feel prepared (mostly). There’s only a handful of things left to cross off from my to-do list and before I know it, I’ll be boarding a plane to Shanghai!

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Happy travel preparations and Celtic celebrations!


Tags: Journalism · to-do list

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mike // Jun 18, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Too bad I missed the Powers’ talk, but I had a prior engagement, as they say…

    Word from Paul is that we should bring dressy-type clothes for the first couple days. Might want to add that to the list! (I hope I can still fit everything into one bag… I hate traveling heavy.)

  • 2 Lifecruiser // Jun 18, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Wow! How exciting that sounds. the packing is the worst bit for me… *sigh*

    We’re also leaving in about 2 weeks and will be away for about 4 weeks on our summer paradise island outside Sweden’s southeast coast which btw has Swedens best beaches šŸ˜›

    But before that, this weekend, we’re taking a long weekend driving a bit in Sweden, celebrating Midsummer solstice among other things.

    I tried to add you to my Tech fave again, but no luck, but at least, this time I got a message it’s a known bug they’re working on. I’ll keep an eye at it, so you can rest assure about being added :-)

  • 3 nomadic matt // Jun 19, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Let’s see a photo of the visa!!!

  • 4 earnpin // Jul 29, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Helen, enjoy the China Trip. Sounds good that you are visiting there soon to catch the Olympic Fever

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