I will preface this by saying that I am not someone who likes to travel – I freak myself out with worrying very very badly, even if the ‚travel‘ is just the regular bi-yearly visit to Aradolls a few states over. You don’t want to know how badly I was freaking out over LDoll in 2014! I also harbor an intense dislike to face situations I do not know that involve human interaction with transactions esp. if I have to use a language I am not a 100% fluent it.
Anyway, the beginning of February my father called me at work and launched right in with asking me if I wanted to accompany him on his next business trip to China. The catch? I had to say yes or no right away. I said yes.
And then I remembered what I had to get in terms of documents (passport! visa! sweet god!), that I had a bit over two weeks to get all those and technically I had been saving up for LDoll in October… but as I told myself (and would tell myself over and over again the following weeks), I’d have regretted to say no more than I regretted saying yes.
Miraculously I did manage to acquire the documents needed to transport my ass out of Europe and I am now facing the eh, interesting situation of dealing with the second flight in my life. For 14 hours. Why was this a good idea again?
The plan for the five days I will spend in China is to actually drag myself out into the city (we are staying in Beijing), esp. while Dad is busy with work. And prolly manage to acquire stuff and take pictures without having a minor freak-out about having to interact with strangers. And taking pictures obviously.
Since I am travelling with my laptop for work related reasons I do plan to post a daily entry with pictures and some talking about what I did, where I went to, stuff like this. I am seeing this as the ultimate test if I can deal with my absolute dislike for human interaction, my fear of situations unknown to me and my annoying shyness for long enough to brave a foreign country and get shit done. If I spend those five days holed up in the hotel I can as well trash all my travelling plans forever and save me the money (unless I acquire enough money to tote Aradolls around with me all the time for moral support like during LDoll).
I will also only be bringing Nendo!Me with me in terms of dolls cause as amazing as I’d have been to photograph Khaled and Kimete in the Forbidden City and on the Great Wall, my fear of something happening to them is way too great in the end.
So stay tuned for the adventures of a bird in Beijing… and expect me to get lost at least once. I am good like that.