Sunday, February 3, 2013

New Year Trip part 2

We’re trying to figure out where to go on our big trip. We don’t have a lot of money – we’ve been saving like crazy, but I don’t want to spend too much because then what’s the point of working so hard to save? The whole reason Ryan’s living in China is to save as much money as possible. If we’re just going to spend it all on vacation then I’d rather he stay here with me.

We both want to go to Europe, but that’s about as expensive as you can get from here and most of it gets pretty cold in February. We’ve talked about other parts of Asia, but we can’t really decide on a place we both want to go to. We’ve been living in Asia for over 2 years and we haven’t seen most of it. I want to go to the most exotic places, but Ryan’s kind of burned out on Asia – he’s not at all impressed anymore. I can understand that. He’s living in China, which is more like real Asia than Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s in Asia, of course, but it’s more international and a lot easier to adapt to culturally than where Ryan lives.

We talked about China – I still want to see the Great Wall and I haven’t been anywhere north of Fuzhou, but Ryan lives in China so it’s only natural that he wants to get away on his vacation. It’s kind of funny that I’m so close to the Great Wall of China but haven’t seen it yet. I could go there over a long weekend and not really spend that much money. If I went from America it would have to be a big trip and cost a fortune.

We’ve ruled out going back to the U.S. We were just in Minnesota last summer and anywhere else – like New York or Los Angeles – is an expensive trip.

We’re thinking about Australia. It’s almost like our culture and we can speak the language – that’s important when you live someplace where you can’t speak the language. I work with a few Australians and they’ve been giving me helpful suggestions.

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