Connecting Mandarin and English,
Next and finally are the visas and tickets
(May 30, 2008) (return
just three months we will either be just about to travel to China, enroute
or in China. By then we'll know who's the best athletes in the world and
whether the Olympics in China were a success.
We'll know who ran well and who cheated; we'll know what the broadcasting
industry thinks is important and who's facing whom to become the next US
We haven't written much yet because
from the outside not much is happening. The contracts are signed, the physicals
are complete and we are healthy, and we are waiting. The approval of the
visas is somewhere far away and far from our hands. We're looking for tickets
to fly to Nanchang. There's a great disparity in prices. For example, to
Nanchang round-trip through Beijing is about $1900. To Shanghai, it's about
$1000, but there are no tickets. Today's quote is under $1200 to Shanghai
through Vancouver, Canada.
A note about Chinese time:
If you're curious about the time zones in China, first understand
that all of China, despite the fact that China is about the size
of the United States, has only one time zone. Remember also that
they are just about on the "other side of the world" and
so day here is night there and visa versa. Because the United States
does have different time zones, the actual time difference from
our homes to China will vary. Marc and Tina on the east coast have
the easiest difference to remember: China is exactly 12 hours earlier.
For those of us on the west coast we add three hours and then skip
to the other half of the day. So
six AM will be 9PM in China and six in the evening will be nine
in the morning the next day. For those of you in the Midwest, add
one hour and switch to the other side of the day, so 6:00AM is 7:00PM
(same day) in China and 6:00PM in North Dakota is 7:00AM in China.
The date and time is Nanchang is
While we wait we are sharing a couple months
with Weiwei's mother by traveling to Seattle and San Francisco and around.
It has been great fun, especially seeing her enjoy the farm and driving
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