A few pieces of packing advice that have surfaced multiple times:
- Take half of what you think you will need.
- Carry tissue and hand sanitizer.
- You can buy almost everything you will need at your destination...
- ...EXCEPT shoes...for our size feet :)
So...at this point, my luggage consists of a backpack and a wheeled carry-on size suitcase. Together, they total around 60 pounds. This includes clothing, shoes, laptop, camera, books, host/hostess gifts, medicines, toiletries and a few granola bars. When we return, I'll reassess my decisions regarding the items I took and those that got voted off the packing list.
We are also packing Pepe, who looks somewhat like University of Kentucky's wildcat mascot. The students in the Liberty Elementary Spanish Immersion class, where Ben started his internship, are looking forward to seeing photos of Pepe's adventures in China!
And last, but not least...Flat Stella is sliding into our backpack. She is joining us from Cassidy Elementary School here in Fayette County. If you haven't heard of Flat Stanley projects, I'm guessing you haven't been around any elementary school students lately!
...and here is one more glimpse of our group that is traveling from Lexington to Xi'an. We met for dinner at Malone's last Tuesday evening. Some UK faculty and staff joined us as well.
@ Malone's: Stacey, Kevin, Carrie, Kelly, Ben, Barry, Dr. Henry, Joe
Dr. Henry's husband will also be in Xi'an. Joe R. is a high school guidance counselor, as
well as a graduate student. He will be in Xi'an for 2 weeks. Stacey is an Elementary Ed
major as well as a dance instructor. Kevin, Carrie and Barry are completing Master's degrees in Social Studies.