We are moving into adventures!
Chris has arrived in Shanghai. He called me when he reached his hotel this morning (8 am our time, 10 pm Shanghai time), exhausted and ready for bed. He purposely did not sleep on any of the flights, so that he could go to bed on Shanghai time and minimize the jet lag. He is there as an invited speaker for an education conference. I know that he was nervous about the trip before he left, but I think he will have an interesting time of it. The conference planners have arranged a guided tour of the city today. It boggles my mind to imagine the streets of Shanghai. I would be snapping a million pictures. I put in my requests for silk and/or ephemera (Cultural Revolution stuff, postcards, comic books ... the guide books make these treasures sound fairly available, so I'm hoping he manages to gather some goodies for me!).
My camera has gone to Shanghai as well. It was really, really hard to hand it over. I think Chris was hesitant even to ask for it, because he knew how much I've come to rely on it. A friend is loaning me a camera, though -- whew!
The camera will be put to work right away, because Ross and I will be off on our own adventure. It's spring break, and we are headed to Seattle, leaving tomorrow, returning Wednesday. It's high time we get a taste of the big city! We're going to do the touristy stuff, of course -- our hotel is right by the Space Needle. We're planning on seeing the Pacific Science Center, Pike Place Market, perhaps the aquarium, and Chinatown. I don't want to be rushed, feeling obligated to hit every spot on our list. Ross and I do best if we are relaxed and explore what catches our eyes in the moment. That's only natural, I suppose. I envision savoring the sights, enjoying the time with my son, eager to hear his take on what we see.
Gotta go pack! I'm looking forward to blogging about it all when we return.