Sunday, September 26, 2010

I need some motivation please!

I'm seriously considering THIS! I need a good pep talk though. I have over 7 months to train for it I just need to get started NOW. What do you all think?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Productive Day

We figured out the public transportation system here in Dalian so I can get to work easily while Nick is in Beijing (I was scared to go alone before, now I feel just fine), also because taking a taxi in the morning with crazy traffic just wasn't logical. I feel like such a local now! HA! Really though, we went to the bank and even got me a special card that I put money on so I don't have to carry around a bunch of change. Plus it saves me exactly .05RMB every time I ride the monorail or bus (that's less than a penny).

We also made a few important discoveries along the way. Most important being that only a few stops on the monorail from our house we have McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, and Subway so if the craving hits us we can just hop on over there. There's also a huge market so we can get most of our shopping done conveniently close to home.

We also went down to Carrefour for a few other things. Hopefully now we have all the basics we will need for our house for awhile. Our ayi is coming for the first time tomorrow to do a little cleaning. I am going to be so spoiled! But honestly if all she did was ironing I would be happy. I forgot what it was like to live without a clothesdryer although I did it for a year and a half in Spain. Is it ridiculous to iron your towels? I just don't like that crunchy feeling!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

First week in Dalian!

Wow, we have had a busy week! It all started at 4 am last Tuesday, we had to get our 7 bags onto the hotel shuttle to head to the airport. After getting our bags checked (4 of which were overweight even after all the weighing and shuffling around we did) we could relax a little. We had a fun layover in Seattle spent with Anne, Allie, Luke and Ava. It was fun to get out of the airport and see them. Then we had the long flight over to South Korea. We watched a lot of movies! After that it was just a short little flight to Dalian, but by the time we got on the last flight we were both exhausted. I fell asleep immediately and didn't even notice the flight attendant had put food down on the tray table in front of me until we were landing.

We got a taxi, and somehow he managed to fit all our bags and us inside, and headed to the hotel. It was quite the adventure as the trunk wouldn't close, and bags filled up every space imaginable. Not to mention that driving here is a whole new experience. People weave in and out of lanes and get so close to each other it still makes me jumpy every time I get in a car. The taxi drivers are used to it though, and have very quick reflexes!

Our first few nights we spent at the Howard Johnson hotel in Dalian while we met with a realtor and looked at apartments. We found one we both love and were able to move in after only 2 days. We are on the 29th floor of our building and have an amazing ocean view. Our apartment has 2 bedrooms, but one of them we are using as Nick's office. There are 2 bathrooms, a pretty normal kitchen, a big living/dining area and a balcony overlooking the water. We are super happy and settling in comfortably.

Nick is now in Beijing for a few days for work, and I am on my own at home. I don't know how much I'll venture out on my own just yet, but I've got lots of catching up to do on our blog and plenty of books to read. Not to mention about 7 channels in English on the satellite TV. I got a job that starts next week, so I'll be plenty busy soon enough. I'll post more details about that later on.

Dalian is great! We are both excited for the next few years.

Just a little preview of more pictures to come. This is my view while writing this blog.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Anyang! We are sitting in the Seoul airport. Dana is asleep on the seats. I just woke up. Dana did some magic math and found that I had slept 3 hours in the last 48 hours. Maybe the explains how and why I am so tired. We are going to hop on our plane now! We are sooooooo excited to get out Dalian and be settled. The guy I sat next to just got wasted. I don't know why they offer free beer and wine on these international flight. He stunk super bad after about 2 hours. That's the second wino in on the last 2 trips out here.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

September 14th is the big day!

That's right we bought our plane tickets! We are leaving for China on September 14th, and will be in Dalian after a short layover in Seattle, and one in Seoul, Korea. I am getting super excited! We've been talking about moving forever and now it's finally happening. I'm not looking forward to the packing though, I don't know how I'm going to only take 2 fifty pound bags with me! I'm going to need some serious motivation to start throwing clothes away.

We have been in contact with the branch president over in Dalian and were super excited to find out we'd have other people to meet with on Sundays! There are about 50 members living out there right now.

Nick also did a lot of apartment searching while he was out there last week, and we have a place in mind. It is right by the ocean and beautiful he tells me. I guess I'll find out for sure in about 2 weeks. It will be our 3rd home since we've been married. Crazy. Hopefully this moving so often trend doesn't continue and we can be settled for a few years.

Now that we have our travel plans anyone is welcome to schedule a vacation to come visit!