Author Archive for Sandra Kies

29
May
13

We made it home!

IMG_0736 IMG_0739 IMG_0752 IMG_0758Here we are at Beijing airport, ready to cut the apron strings with our dear leader, Steven Day, who did a wonderful job steering 12 feisty and highly individual faculty through three cities in China. For those of us fortunate enough to have a window seat, it was a spectacular flight over northern China, Siberia, the Arctic, Alaska, and Canada. No doubt Steven is now  enjoying the remainder of his stay, free from the hassles of buying train tickets, organizing multiple taxis and ordering food in Chinese eateries for a group of 12 people with a wide range of culinary desires, tastes or restrictions. We cannot thank him enough for his generosity of spirit, willingness to accommodate our wishes, and overall patience and good humor. He showed us a China that most of us could never have seen on our own or on a standard tour.

01
May
13

The faculty trip to China is just two

The faculty trip to China is just two weeks away, and now we have contact with some of our university counterparts in Dalian, I am starting to feel as if it is actually happening. Just checked out my regular travel suitcase and wondering if it will hang together for the trip. It has done a few circumnavigations of the planet, crossed the Pacific countless times, and bumped around a few too many carousels. Looked at new ones, but the choice is bewildering. Do I go with hard shell or soft sides, in-line skatewheels or those new golf-bally looking ones? Do I get the biggest possible cabin bag and risk having to check it on smaller airlines? Should I go for the basic black or opt for a purple one I can spot on the carousel?  Arggh! Maybe there is one more trip in the old bag after all.