The Bullet Train North

My first day on my own was a busy one. I woke up early to clean the apartment and pack for Beijing. Upon entering the kitchen at 5am, cockroaches skittered around in the ceiling and cabinets. They were big, fast, and juicy too. I sprayed Raid everywhere, but I’m sure there’s more. At least they aren’t any where else in the apartment. After that debacle, I left for the office (smelling of Raid).

At the office, I finalized plans for Beijing and met more co-workers. The rest of the afternoon I ran around locating a set of empty travel size containers for my shampoo, conditioner, & soap. But before that I went on an expedition to find a converter; when I return to Nanjing that 35rmb waste will be returned to seller.

Around noon I rushed home, finished packing, swept up more dead bugs, and jumped in my company car for a ride to the train station.

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Company car omw to Nanjing train station
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Nanjing train station

I have to say traveling alone is freeing, but nerve-wracking. Until now I’ve had assistance navigating China. This evening I will attempt finding my hotel by following a paper half covered in Chinese characters. I’ve been kicked out of the nest; it is time for Baby Bird to fly.

Here’s to a nice weekend of relaxation in Beijing.

Yu quan lu 玉泉路

Busy days are the best: you get a lot done and time flies.

Today’s accomplishments include photos, bedding, unpacking, opening a new bank account, and obtaining a local number.

I finally ate baozi. Delicious. Better than I remember. My apartment is very nice. I have it all to myself for the moment, this little two-one.

The only problem so far is a sore throat.

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Winding Staircase

Waiting @ Airports

I’ve been going non stop since 10am Wednesday, September 10th. There may have been an hour of sleep somewhere in the wee hours of Thursday morning, but that’s an overestimate. I stayed up for hours talking with Alex before he drove me to the airport and kissed me goodbye. I think I miss him, my cat, and Dad the most.
June 30th. I’m in China until June.
The flight from Detroit to Beijing was decent, though I wish I’d slept more. Delta provided a wonderful selection of on flight movies. I chose Godzilla, Rise of the Guardians, X Men Days of Future Past, Divergent, and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

The Beijing Airport has been tiring. I wasn’t allowed through security until 5pm; I’ve been waiting since 2:30 for my 7:50 flight.

I wasted time reading fan fic, posting on instagram (thecadencerose), and watching The Leftovers. To top the day off, my flight was an hour off schedule. Plus, I kept fall falling asleep in the lobby.

At 11pm, I finally arrived in Nanjing. Steph met me with the company car. She deposited me at The Green Tree for the night where I showered and passed out. Best shower of my life.

Take a look at messages from my friends and family wishing me well:

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These Moments

Sitting alone poolside, it occurs to me that I should note the moments I’ve collected before my departure.
There are only a few , but I’ve learned the good times can be hardest to remember. I don’t want to forget laughing my ads off with Doug and Sheridan at Meridian. The fantasy football draft while playing Mario Kart with my best friend, Jfer. The night in the hot tub with Kurtis, Ashley, and Claude when a drunk fell and bruised my hip while looking for a fight. The good times with those who matter shouldn’t be forgotten.
Whether or not I write it, I know I will never forget walking around the park and swaying to “i don’t dance” with someone I love; the fountain lights were beautiful and I was okay for the first time in too long.
These are the moments I’ve collected. They’ll get me through the next 10 month’s ups and downs.

Another Whirlwind Adventure

After 10 months of searching I’ve finally been offered a job abroad. As of this September I will be working in Nanjing, China. I’m thrilled! Bonus: I have several friends  placed throughout mainland China and can’t wait to reconnect with them over the next year. Double Bonus: my job entails traveling from city to city.

As soon as my visa arrives I hit the ground running.

Here goes nothing.

Geronimo.

Leaving.

Its that time folks; I’m waiting at the bus station for the 7:30am to Dublin. I’m actually sad to leave. Deb was an amazing host and the apartment was just what I needed! Travel always makes me nervous, mostly when I’m not in control of the vehicle: how do I know they’ll be on time? Are they going to the right place? What if we get lost?
I’m easily stressed out.

Its also very cold and uncomfortable here because the benches are metal. As much as I have enjoyed Ireland, I am ready to leave and be in the states.

More later,
Emma

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I suppose now is later; I made it to Dublin after nearly missing my bus in Limerick. Seriously, I was almost in tears but thankfully I caught the 12 just in time.

Since then I’ve picked up a gift for my cousin, a thanks for letting me borrow his duffle bag, and I had a mid day snack at Bite of Life.
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I walked around Dublin and took in the sites it had to offer, now I’m going to rest and look forward to my flight in the morning.

Cheers,
Emma.

Monday Funday

This morning I made a super awesome delicious breakfast:
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Then I spent time talking with Deb, the woman renting upstairs, about books and people and healthy lifestyles (she’s a personal trainer plus some).

After many days relaxing and walking around Limerick I decided to visit King John’s Castle. It is literally right next door and the entry fee is very reasonable. Enlightening is what I’d call it as well as well thought through. The views were absolutely breathtaking! Limerick is absolutely amazing. (Side note I finished the novel Gone Girl a very weird but extremely well written story)

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