It's strange to think that on September 11, 2011, I'll be on the Great Wall of China, for the somber 10-year marker of the 9-11 attacks. For now, though I am focused on getting to Beijing. I'm at San Francisco Airport now.
2:30 a.m. - Time I went to sleep
5:00 a.m. - Time I got up
1 stop - at Emily's Bakery for pumpkin muffins and sandwiches for the plane ride
8 a.m. - Time Saskia got me to San Francisco Airport
33 pounds - weight of my 1 checked suitcase! (with 50 pound allowance)
40 minutes - time to get thru security line
1 - thing I forgot so far: hairbrush
1 - thing I miss already but deliberately left at home: my cell phone
12 hours - flight time directly from San Francisco to Beijing (United)
133 - number of yuan, Chinese currency that I have (thanks Bobby!) About $20
16 hours - China is 16 hours ahead of Santa Cruz time - it's tomorrow there already!