Updates will come when I get home, but for now:
– I leave Harbin tomorrow – Tuesday, July 22.
– I’ll be going to Beijing by train.
– I’ll be apartment-hunting in Beijing – specifically, in the Haidian district, near the Beijing University and Qinghua University campuses.
– and on July 27, I’ll – hopefully – be getting on a plane back to Philadelphia, where I’ll stay until August 30.
– While home, I intend to gorge myself on Indian, Mexican, Vietnamese, and Thai food, to say nothing of pizza and thick, no-bullshit diner-style mushroom cheeseburgers. I’ll also be open to offers of dimsaam, which cannot be found in Harbin.
– A chocolate milkshake will accompany every meal.
– During my stay, I plan to do the Chinatown Bus tour of the East Coast. Stops are planned in Boston, D.C., and especially NYC, where I’ll be applying for an X-class student visa* at the Chinese Consulate.
– Based on previous experiences with the NYC PRC Consulate, I do not expect the process to go smoothly.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all – well, those of you whom I know in real life and live on the northern half of the East Coast. When I get back, I would like nothing more than to sit down with you over a cup of coffee – real coffee – and a box of doughnuts and hear about what’s been going on. And of course, if anyone wants tales from far-off Cathay, I’ll be happy to tell some.