is on... have printed out my packing list (Phil has actually started his packing) but I like to do mine mentally first and then when I am ready gather all the items in a central location and pack all at once-
frequently people ask how we prepare for these kinds of trips and I always tell them the secret is a packing list- mine has been refined over the years and has the kitchen sink on it (not really- LOL) but then when I pull it together for a particular trip I bring it up on the computer and save it with that trip name and I go through it and eliminate all the things I won't need for this trip I am about to take.
then I print it out and maybe add to it over the next day or so if there are other things that need to be added I can jot them down - so today is gathering day- because I have a number of things to do tomorrow and then tomorrow night the actual packing (done at last minute so the cats don't know we are leaving - LOL)
oh and I guess I should mention we are having Chinese food tonight- headed with friends to Ed's Potsticker the only place I know of in Chicago where you can get Shanghai soup dumplings.
of late people have been asking where we are going in China- and I know you know because I posted a map a bit earlier but for some reason the one thing they always ask is if we are going to the Great Wall.... so I thought I would post a few photos from our first trip to China when we did the entire tourist trail... Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Lhasa, the Yangtze and the still (at that time) uncovered Three Gorges...along with our first trip to Hong Kong.... we went with a group and the group was so awful that it was more than SEVEN years before I took Phil on another group trip!!! and I still am careful about it....this trip will not be group unless you call Larry, Phil and I "a GROUP" - LOL
a few photos - Beijing up first-
the Great Wall
the overnight train to Xian (wow! - this sure shows how long ago it was- pre digital AND Phil has hair- LOL)
terra cota warriors
on to Chengdu and the panda preserve and breeding center
the river cruise part on the Yangtze-
bright lights - big city- Hong Kong-
and here is something you can't find anymore- a real junk on the water in HKG-
Phil is carrying a computer - and I might be able to post sometime during the trip- so stay tuned...