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Base Camp Chico, Day 12

Busy busy busy.

sunny 23 °C

But also lazy lazy lazy. I spent most of today watching TV while I cracked my head against a Chinese textbook, punctuated by an unplanned two-hour nap at about 5PM. Seriously, I just fell asleep with pen in hand, and I haven't done that since... well, since math class.

Sometime in the next four days I'll have to find time to get a power of attorney form notarized for my parents, set up a Bank of America account (1), and get a suitcase packed with enough stuff to keep me alive for my first few days in Beijing.

1) B of A has a partnership with the Chinese Construction Bank that would allow me to withdraw RMB's from their ATMs without a transaction fee. Yay!

Oh, and get a new watch. As luck would have it, the strap on my current one split in two this morning, spontaneously, without any prompting on my part. Some of you know that I loved that watch and feel naked when not wearing it, so it's a bit demoralizing.

Not all news is bad though! According to this New York Times article:


some Chinese rail companies are offering to support the high speed rail project here in California, with respect to technology and even funding. They're competing with some European companies for the project, but I sincerely hope the Chinese get it, if only for the irony of the situation. Who knew the Chinese were so good a building railroads?

Posted by Tony China 00:41 Archived in USA Tagged preparation

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