Sunday, April 10, 2011

Flights and Accommodations Booked!

After a lengthy visit with Shannon at Flight Centre and hours of combing through reviews of hostels, hotels, and tour companies, Boj and I have finished booking the first few weeks of our trek. After staying with Rob in Vancouver we’ll be spending four nights in Beijing at a hotel we booked through Expedia. We found a very helpful website called HostelWorld through which we’ve booked one hostel for the first week in Taipei, then two different hostels for the following two weeks in Kaohsiung. Our first two weeks in Kaohsiung will be spent searching for jobs - hopefully not on opposite ends of the city!

Exciting fact: Our first full day in Kaohsiung will be Cinco de Bojo (or B’s birthday, for those of you who don’t celebrate the 5th with enchiladas and margaritas).

I’m getting really excited about our short stay in Vancouver on the way to Asia. Van will be a good way to de-stress and ease myself into my homesickness, and I know B is really looking forward to catching up with his friends out there. I’m also excited to see my friend Laurel for the first time in over a year!

Beijing is exciting too, but way more intimidating and complicated to book. We’re thankful for consumer reviews at TripAdvisor and for our friend Janice who not only gave us tons of advice but who also lent us her copy of Lonely Planet: China. The hotel we’ve booked is apparently only five minutes away from the Forbidden City! Also, while reading about the things we should visit during our stay, we found the contact for an English-speaking driver in Beijing, BJ Joe! He will be our driver and tour guide for a full day at the Ming Tombs, the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, the Olympic Village, and an acrobatics show.

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