Sunday, May 24, 2009
China and Japan here we come!
Tomorrow we leave for China and Japan for my two week study abroad tour and I am so excited! Chris and I have been shopping and packing for days now and the time is finally here.
So before I leave you for two weeks worth of quietness (I don't have a laptop), here is a peek into the journey we will be taking.
Leave Los Angeles Airport
Arrive in Beijing, China
Day 3 Beijing, China
Beijing, China to Hangzhou
-Visit to China Academy of Art - Canceled
Hangzhou to Shanghai, China
-West Lake Cruise
Shanghai, China to Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto to Tokyo, Japan
Days 10 - 13 Tokyo, Japan
Day 14 Leave Tokyo for Los Angeles Airport, Drive to San Diego
So that is our tour itinerary. I have not included any of the extra things that we want to do, since I am not sure when they will be squeezed in the schedule. Chris's goal is to pick up a musical instrument, preferably something inexpensive from each country. I am looking for art supplies, special papers and maybe some fabrics. We are taking a small dragon doll which will be the spirit of my 12-year-old son, Xen, with us on the tour. Xen made a "Dragon List" of the places he wants me to take a picture of the dragon in front of. His only souvenir request is for a set of chopsticks. Simple and affordable - I like that!
The visits to the colleges have been canceled because of flu health concerns, so I am not sure what will will do in place of that. I am disappointed because that means I will not get to do the presentation on my art in Japan as planned. I had a wonderful presentation of my art completed, using tips from Alyson Stanfield's blog post. Learn more about presentations for artists here.
Even though I will not be blogging on my trip, I will be writing, drawing, taking photos and thinking about all the great stuff I am going to share with you when I get back.
Wish us luck on this fantastic journey!
To your health, creativity and traveling adventures! ~Jaime Lyerly