There are still many places I have not visited however, and the time is drawing close (32 more days) when I will be exploring a part of the world I have not yet seen. On December 3rd, my daughter Melanie and I will be heading for China...Shanghai in particular, and possibly Bejing (if it isn't too cold). Then we will be heading for Thailand...Bankok, Koh Sumai and Phuket in particular. I intend to ride an elephant! I intend to take zillions of pictures! I want to absorb as much of the culture and color as possible.
I will be meeting my, up until now, Facebook friend Lilac! She has become my "Chinese daughter." A sweet, excited Christian who now calls me Mama! I have learned so much from her, and I am sure to learn a lot more in her home country.
We will be meeting Charles and Jon who are already in Shanghai for this marvelous new adventure. I have been working on diet and exercise like a mad woman to be in the best shape a 65-year-old can be for this new journey. We have gotten our shots, and our "take along" medications in case of any physical ailments we could possibly encounter.
I want to experience as much on this journey as possible. It should be a fascinating trip. I do have a little trepidation about 18 hours of traveling on an airplane....especially because I drink 80 ounces or of water each day, and that necessitates a number of trips to the bathroom! Not the easiest thing to manage on an airplane!
I plan to take plenty of my protein shakes and drinks to have available, but I also want to experience some of the local foods ... things I probably have not tried before! I love the idea of immersing myself in another culture. I believe that if there is one gift you could give your children, it is the gift of travel. We grow so much and get such a better "world view" of how things really are when we travel.
I was always told that French people didn't like Americans. When I had the opportunity to spend time in France, I found that this was not true. The French were extremely gracious to me and I fell in love with their lifestyle and culture. Political arenas seem to cause people to draw conclusions about places and people they have never experienced. Traveling can be an eye-opening experience in so many ways.
So, as I anticipate this fabulous journey, courtesy of my son Charles, I plan to take lots of pictures, write lots of blogs and share as much as I can about the Far East!
GOD BLESS - Peace, Love and Joy