Though the wifi at LAX is free, apparently you only get to be on for about 5 minutes at a time and then have to login again. So I haven’t checked what I last wrote, and have no idea where I left off. Therefore, I will write this in word while I wait (alliteration) and I’ll start where I am.
I’m sitting in LAX, having just flown from Albuquerque and headed towards Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan. I have two of the largest suitcases I have ever seen, 1 raspberry princess pink and 1 bright smurf blue (yes, I can spot my luggage on the carousel) plus my traveling backpack and my computer case. I am moving to Taiwan for an undetermined amount of time. I am bringing stuff.
With the newly discovered knowledge of traveling and sleeping abroad (not around), I decided (without hesitation) that my body-sized Tempurpedic pillow would be accompanying me in my travels.
*instant realization – I totally forgot about my super snazzy orange foldable baking pan….. damn. I will need that shipped to me.*
1 suitcase is almost entirely devoted to my pillow. I am comfortable with that decision and make no apologies. That suitcase is my ‘make my house my home’ suitcase. A few of the things I wanted to have to decorate or use that will help me to overcome homesickness as it hits me.
I am excited to be going to yet another country in which color is worn with exuberance. I have come to appreciate the ability to just throw on random uncoordinated bright colors. All this time that I have spent trying to figure out (rather unsuccessfully if you ask my daughter) how to coordinate clothing, colors, and styles so as not to look like a freak of nature, can be put by the wayside as I embrace the color overload movement. Maybe.
I’m going to need to take a Chinese painting class along with my Mandarin learning. I’m so ready for this. I was asked today why I didn’t seem giddy. I explained that I have a better understanding of all the newness I’m about to face which is tempering my absolute giddiness. I’m calm because I know I’m doing the right thing. I’ve been a bit of a mess the last few weeks while trying to get to this point. Now, what I feel is calm, peace that I am on the right path.
The flight to LAX was spent in conversation with the gentleman next to me and the woman in the seat in front of us. I learned about capsulized veggies and fruits, transportation needs for the Schneider company, gratitude for the treasure of human kindness, and was able to happily pass a 2 hour flight in no time at all. I love getting to meet new people and learning about them. I love sharing about my students from Washington and all of their amazing-ness. It makes me excited for the students I will have soon.
I spent $5 for a luggage cart that I could only take from the baggage claim to the sidewalk in front of the bus stop – aprox. 16 ft from the baggage claim. Seriously, who thought of that?? That was genius. That’s like $1 for every three feet. They get enough suckers like me to fund something important I’m sure. Maybe they’re fundraising for actual leg room on the planes?! I will support that.
Hopefully I can get online long enough to post this. Let’s cross our fingers.
Yeah, looks like I did, but the pictures are taking too long right now, soon. I should be turning on my language program and trying to work on my Mandarin, but instead I am writing to all of you. Or, avoiding all the people around me that actually speak Mandarin. I will wait until I am quietly somewhere no one can hear me.
Of course that’s not what I was taught at TEFL Worldwide was it? I was taught I need to speak, speak, speak when learning a new language. I should be a good teacher to myself and help me find ways to speak with native speakers in conversation. I know this, but still I want to hide until I know more. Well, I won’t be able to hide after my 14.5 hour flight now will I? no.