Let's press the "fast forward" button now - so here I sit in the Russian airport. Not quite sure how I feel yet. There have been some interesting differences already that I have picked up on. There was an alley-type room with, serenaded by windows as walls, allowing people in the airport to smoke. There was also an advertisement that I noticed - a slightly muscular fellow with hair on his chest, leading down to his belly button - most likely promoting the sale of a cell phone. It was refreshing to see a new "supermodel" away from our society's outrageously muscular and toned, hairless hunk - this seemed a bit more natural.
Other quick tidbits - many Russian women wear their bangs down, and not many Russian people (at least in the airport I was at) seem to be interested in entertaining a conversation in English, and many simply cannot.
I had the pleasure of sitting next to a Russian gal on my flight, and learned a lot! Did you know that the sun's rays were so destroyingly powerful, that they sent numerous trees in Russia to flames somewhat recently? ...causing clouds of smoke and soot in the country for quite some time! This airport - Domodedevo was bombed in April, and renovations are still in place to restore it!
Let's talk feelings now. I am extremely fortunate to have been given this opportunity to travel so extensively and freely, and am very thankful for it! I was feeling a bit anxious, a bit scared, and SUPER excited throughout random portions of my randomly-sleepicized 9 hour-first part of the arrival to Beijing! I am sure that this trip will push my mental and physical limits beyond their known capabilities. For this very reason, I preach the random quotes and portions you are likely to find on your facebook newsfeed on any given day (assuming I have access to facebook, which here in China I may and currently do not). It would be pretty counter-intuitive for me to claim that anything is possible, and then not follow suit, right? As I firmly believe in, with a positive mindset and the drive, ANYTHING is achievable! This is what will keep the energy burning through my veins on this adventure!
11:20am their time and I will be on a 7 hour flight to my oriental location. There are several possibilities for my accommodations the first few evenings in this new land for me - the answer will be assessed once I arrive.
I am really excited to learn! I have been reading through a guidebook that was sent to me from China, and have been amazed at the seemingly endless amount of possibilities and sights that lay ahead.
Looks to be problematic attaching pictures to this blog, so if you are interested in seeing some email me at RobMaisel@gmail.com!
More from Beijing when I arrive!
Captain miZZ signing out now, please stay tuned :)