That's right, it is a grand adventure. Full of Mandarin and noodles and a foreign land, and right now, after midnight, we, the people, are both trepidatious and really excited about it.
If I were a 21-year-old and I were going off to Beijing to learn to read, write, speak, and understand Mandarin even more than I already did, I would have the following as my priorities:
1. Do not get kidnapped.
2. Do not have my money or credit cards stolen.
3. Do not get lost or have anything patently unsafe (aka, "dangerous") happen to me.
4. Blog religiously and truthfully about the safe (aka, "not dangerous") and wonderful things happening to me. Post many pictures of myself, safe and sound, in China.
5. Call home and e-mail at sufficient frequency that my mom wouldn't freak.
Yes, that's certainly what I would do. But that's me.
tags: China, adventure, safe