Sunday, September 25, 2011

How I'm surviving 3rd trip to Asia THIS YEAR!

Wow usually I write every day when I'm over here. This will be my first post about the actual trip. I guess it's just become so routine that the days don't stand out as significant. I did manage to visit a new place, Hangzhou, but my camera died so I can't post photos until I get back so it's no fun to write about a place without photos.

In summary, this trip is my shortest of the year, 10 days. I arrived last Monday night and basically needed 3 days to adjust to the time difference. Normally I just take a sleep med but I have a medical condition that will not allow me to take the meds so adjustment has really been a challenge! Fortunately my co-workers over here are so patient in giving me opportunities to take naps when needed.

I'm currently in Shenzhen, China (about an hour from Hong Kong). No Facebook or Twitter works over here so I feel out of the loop - like that tether that keeps me connected to friends and family is gone! No one writes email anymore.

Social media is a wonderful thing during travel; I've had many long conversations with dear friends and family on Facebook over the last few days in Hong Kong and a bit of banter on Twitter. Really has made my stay less lonely and more enjoyable. I've been on SKYPE every day with my kids, sometimes morning and night. Charlotte tells me all about how she slept, foods eaten and all her "bad" deeds. And then sometimes I get to hear her fighting with Sam in the background because he snatched her juice box. Good times!

Only 3 days left until I leave! For the next two days I'll be lecturing the factory on plush development and all the things they can do for improvement. It's fun!

5 comments:

Kim said...

The internet is amazing. I can't really life without social media now. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

Steph, from Be Positive Mom said...

Wow 10 days! Social media is such a great way to keep in touch... I'm sure it makes you feel out of the loop those days without access but can also feel liberating, too! Have a safe trip home!

Caterina said...

Out of curiousity, are you able to enjoy the city, even though it is a work trip? Do you venture out on your own? Museums, markets, theatre?

Glad to hear your trip is going well. Safe travels!

Rachel M. said...

Hi Caterina - I spent a day in Hangzhou but can't photos photos till I get back because my camera died. Also spent Saturday at a temple, a museum and the night market. Trying to find time to blog about that!

Caterina said...

That is so cool! My brother travels a lot for work, however, he says he never gets the chance to sightsee. I hear this often from people who travel for work, and it's too bad. Lucky you!