Connecting Mandarin and English,
We're on our Way - but very Slowly
(August 25, 2008) (return
guess if you can't be flying over the ocean to Shanghai, eating a double
chocolate chip cookie is a reasonable trade-off. Besides, I'd rather they
replace the main engine on the plane before we take off. The good news is
that several decades ago it would take five weeks to get to China by ship,
and I bet they didn't have double chocoloate chip cookies.
Technology is amazing as I sit and write this
among a couple dozen people working on their computers at kiosks with electric
outlets designed for nerds like me. Since the airlines has been teasing
us with statements like "As soon as we find and resolve the problem...",
"They think they may have to fix the engine, but here's a voucher...",
and "They're replacing the engine ane we're scheduled to leave at 8:00PM...",
we have been Skyping and emailing our contacts in China and our liason in
Our brief nine hour delay seems exaggerated
when I say that we started at 2:00AM Monday morning and will arrive in Nanchang
at about 10:00AM Wednesday morning. I think I will go for a walk and buy
another Sudoku book.
A note about Shanghai
There are two of them,
Pudong and Hongxiao, about thrity miles apart. With reasonable traffic,
a taxi should take about two hours to get from one airport to the
other. One is considered old and the other opened only a couple
years ago. One handles international flights (Pudong) and the other
focuses on domestic flights. There is this new "bullet train"
(according to the news media) that travels at speeds up to 400 miles
per hour and makes the 45 minute trip from downtown to the airport
a dazzling 8 minutes. It must be all acceleration and deceleration
The flight should be interesting. There are
several dozen young children running around the airport waiting for this
flight. Maybe they will sleep.
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