I think the temperature is about 10 degrees outside. I arrived at 6:45pm on Sunday night after leaving at 2:30pm Saturday afternoon from San Francisco. I spent two days in northern California before heading over the ocean. My new year’s eve activities consisted of a direct flight from Austin to San Francisco at 6am, a car ride to Sacramento, and a lovely dinner with friends to bring in the new year. On the 1st, I drove back to San Francisco after getting a driving tour of Sacramento. It felt and looked quite a bit like Portland. On Friday evening after arriving back at Julie’s home in the city, we made our way to Sue’s new residence that overlooks the bay. I believe that we played the Wii. This was about my first experience with it and I can see how people get sucked into it for hours and hours. Because of my frequent trips across the ocean to Asia I have gotten fairly well acquainted with Ali, Sue, Jake, Gabby, Thomas, and of course, Jules! It is such a great feeling to have good friends all over the place.
Saturday morning, Julie, Gabby, and I shared breakfast and a wonderful rhubarb cobbler before they sent me off to China.
My plane took off about 40 minutes late. It was a quick 12 hour flight to Beijing. I sat in seat 37F which is an aisle seat. I visited with a lovely young American girl fresh out of college. She happens to be from Big Spring, Texas. She was on her way back to continue her missionary work in small city of 11 million in western China. We had a most wonderful conversation about all sorts of interesting topics.