October 2012

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My First Chinese/Westerner Wedding Michelle Zurcher

 arriving on a boat.jpgIt started out as a normal day off (although I had never had a day off in China, so what a “normal” day off means, I don’t know.)  Just to get to the wedding was a foreign endurance race.  First I took a 15-minute bus ride to the metro, then a 35-minute metro ride ending at a mall that is built on the metro that has a hotel built on top of the mall.  After seeking the right exit out of the multiple exits offered, I found a security guard.

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Going To Hong Kong? B.Y.O.P. Michelle Zurcher

Actually, B.Y.O.P. (Bring Your Own Pen) and immigration cards.  Hong Kong had no pens available to write with at the immigration counters, and China had about 3 immigration cards left when I walked through the Chinese bordercrowd.jpg yesterday.

I got the privilege of being able to travel to Hong Kong for the first time… by myself… not knowing Mandarin or Cantonese.  Luckily, a ‘local’ Westerner gave me all of the instructions via phone the night before so I was a bit less confused.  One thing that was a challenge, however, was the crowd of people going simultaneously through to Hong Kong.