As you can tell by the title, we leave for China TOMORROW!

We leave Denver International Airport at 8 a.m. (which means we need to be there at 5:30 a.m., GROSS) and arrive in Vancouver at 11 a.m. Then, after a three-hour layover, we fly a loooooong way to Beijing!

I still can’t really wrap my head around it, but we arrive in China at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Which, I think, will be 2 a.m. here in Denver.


We did recently (as of two days ago) get our “official” schedule for the summer. According to this, we will be in Beijing until June 16th or so, and then we fly to the Sichuan province. We’ll be attending a training given by German psychologists (is this real life?) and staying in Ya’an for several weeks. At the end of June, we’ll be moving to an apartment in the greater Lushan county until the end of July. The first week in August, we head back to Beijing!

We also don’t get a day off until the end of June…but the second we do, I’m going to the Bifengxia Panda Base and hanging out with the panda kindergarten. I know.

Here’s a map of where I’ll be, if, like me, the only places you can find in China are Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong!

Here is where the Sichuan province is within China:

the red blob is sichuan--the blue star is beijing (and the great wall area!)

the red blob is sichuan–the blue star is beijing (and the great wall area!)

And here is where I’ll be in the province:

The red star is Ya'an, the green star is (approximately) Lushan

The red star is Ya’an, the green star is (approximately) Lushan

I’ll catch you from China!


My Life To-Do List

Today, I received some interesting news.


I will be spending this summer abroad!

I’ll give you more information later on the WHERE, but for now, I decided to share my “Life To-Do List” with you all. I have a lot left to do, but check it out here so see what I’ve completed.

(I will for certain be checking ONE of these off the the list this summer!)

I started my to-do list approximately 10 years ago.


Not quite as much has gotten completed since then as I thought it would, but the list has also evolved considerably. (Although I still have my first ever item–“live to be 100”–and a few more have hung around, like “send a message in a bottle out to sea.”)

I hope you enjoy my list! I hope you also share what’s on your list…I’m always happy to hear new ideas. 🙂