Melbourne – 28 km Flight to Guangzhou (China)
30 April 2016
The last ten days prior to leaving have been filled with way too many tasks, all wanting to be completed. So it was a little frantic and I wondered if I get it all done.
In the end, it all panned-out: The Russian Visa arrived with two days spare, flights were confirmed, accommodation booked and I even managed to book a tour for Guangzhou and for the DMZ (demilitarised zone) dividing North- & South Korea
With all that hassle my body decided to go on strike, manifesting in a laryngitis par-excellance! No voice and bad sleep. Anxiety growing in my body and mind …. missing my wife already before even being gone … how can that happen!?
Well, it did and somehow I muddled through it all, stepping on the plane with a bottle of Betadin Gurgle and lots of tissues.
Saying farewell to Louise, Alexis and the dog for such a long time was difficult for all, although the dog will only realise later. Farewell to my daughters Vanessa and Johanna felt a little different as we live apart anyway, but still – All I shall miss, especially for the first few weeks, months? Dunno, have to suck it and see.
Sitting in the plane en route to Guangzhou (China) ever-so-slowly I dawns on me that the journey’s second big step is un-folding: leaving home, the comfort, all the known bits and trading it for a big fat Unknown! Surely I shall embrace it, smile a lot and be relaxed about delays, border officials and the Chinese habits in how to get it your way in a crowd.
Mentally and physically I shall try to ‘lean-back’, exercise patience, show empathy and smile until my face hurts. After all, I am entering ‘Das Land des Laechelns’.
Already I was lucky to score a seat with more space, the former premium economy – what a bonus for a 10 hour flight.
Plenty of things to fine-tune, read, watch movies I won’t remember having watched one week later and write blogs …