Firstly I’ll let you in on the itinerary I have finally come up with:
Japan – 10 days
East coast China – 15 days
Thailand – 45 days
Singapore- 4 days
Bali – 16 days
What do you think?
I wanted to get some variety in culture and countries. It also only occurred to me the other day that I will actually have a birthday whilst I am away too. I’ll be in Bali to be exact. Spending my 24th birthday in Bali? I couldn’t think of anything better. I’ve been talking to P (a Chinese doctor who works in our department) about my trip today. He’s so sweet and was telling me things to do and places to go etc…his face lights up every time he gets to talk about home. Then I mentioned where I was going (Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an and Hong Kong) and he said that it was a ‘perfect plan’ so I feel even better about my itinerary now!
And now to tell you why I had a dead arm yesterday…Monday night was the beginning of my travel prep. I went to see the practice nurse at my doctors surgery for an initial assessment before traveling i.e. to tell her where I was going and work out the necessary vaccines I needed etc but she surprised me and jabbed me twice with two there and then; bitch lol. At least it’s two down but many more to come and thankfully I only have to pay for one (instead of 4 like I had initially thought) but it’s still £155 (approx $255!!). She also congratulated me on coming in to see her so many months in advance, she said that many people didn’t bother to turn up until a week before they went (idiots). The needles didn’t hurt, although I felt a little sick afterwards, but yesterday, jeez, I felt like I had been punched in both arms…I struggled to even do my bra up 😀
In the evening S and I went for dinner and a good catch up. I’m not sure why but whenever we meet up we always end up talking about sex which is actually pretty fun and we end up giggling like school kids. I’ve also got a hold over him since once he was so appalling drunk he decided to grab my boob in front of A which A thought was hilarious but S was very embarrassed so whenever S is bad, I remind him of that night and he recoils in horror whilst I fall about laughing.
And so to tonight, I’m off to see the comedian Michal McIntyre. You won’t have heard of him over there in the old States (especially as his humour is very much of British taste) but he had the fastest selling comedy stand-up DVD in history and his tour has sold out so to say I’m excited is an under-statement. L and I are going for dinner before as well so a couple of drinks in the bar will be had.
Oh and if all that wasn’t enough to tell you, I can finally let you in on the latest volunteer project I’m hoping to get involved in. It’s called the Safe Bus and is stationed down at our harbour (where all the bars/pubs/nightclubs cumulate) on Friday and Saturday nights to help people where drink has affected them. Technically it’s a minor injuries unit to help stop people unnecessarily going to the ER but it’s also there if people are upset and just need someone to talk to or they need to get a taxi home. In it’s first year alone (over a 4 month period) they stopped 114 people going to ER saving a whopping £22,500! I’ve got an interview with the manager of it next Monday so I’m really excited at the prospect of joining the team…fingers crossed!
Anyway, apologies for the monologue I appear to have written but hopefully the pictures were enough to keep you interested until the end – I know we’re adults but everyone knows you need a picture or two or keep your focus :-p