We were given the 5 star treatment by the Chinese government. They used a couple shuttle buses to transport us from the airport to the hotel. Our flight was a popular flight for the World Tea Conference with even the head lady responsible for mine and many other tea leaders trip just two seats back of me. We got to the hotel and had many students trying to help us with our check in, luggage, and room. They were really nice, but I felt a little overwhelm (3 days with only four hours sleep, same clothes for those 3 days, and dealing with a time difference of 13 hours). We each had a personal helper, mine was Micheal. They were students learning English and volunteering helped them with that. We went to our rooms and went down to eat right afterwards because it was late and they wanted to make sure we had supper. So I went down still stinky and a little out of sorts and grab some food. The food was amazing and buffet style (not typical buffet though). I was still out of sorts and had a nice gentleman who could tell I was out of sorts let me sit at his table with his fellow representatives of Bangladesh. They were really kind. Afterwards I went straight to my room to take a bath (see last picture of bathtub). Tried and succeeded in staying up until 9 pm before going to sleep. I wanted to be on Chinese time. Next post continues my journey.
The featured picture is a close up of a really cool bridge across the Yangtze River in Yibin, Sichuan, China.
Well not sure where to start and this trip happened about two months ago. I guess I can say that March 13th I was working my last Badger State Brewery Winter’s Farmers Market and drove down to Chicago that night to take an early flight to China on March 14th. This was the worst place I stayed at the whole trip because it was a musty room, though every other room was great to excellent.
I meet so many nice people and only minor inconveniences during the whole trip. It was truly life changing and wonderful.
A great story I have about Beijing Airport is a few hours before boarding Air China to Yibin I was sitting and an elderly lady with her daughter and her daughter’s baby sat next to me. The elderly lady got up and her daughter sat next to me with her baby. We chatted and she mentioned that she is the one who gets international films for the Chinese people and she was taking her 10-month old baby girl on her first flight. I was also her baby’s first foreigner and the baby would touch me gently and stare at me. She was cute. They were going to the Hong Kong Film Festival and the mother figured it was a short enough flight for the baby. She mentioned going to Cannes, Sundance, Toyko Film Festival, etc…. I told her why I was in China and she took my card. Just one of many lovely moments I had in China, though I wished I got her card.
Please look at the pictures below and the captions and I will continue my story in other blog posts.
I am really excited to have this opportunity. Just found out this morning about winning. Still, need some details, but am super excited. I will be doing my Pop Up at Schroeder’s Department Store in Two Rivers, WI for the months of November and December. There address is 1623 Washington St, Two Rivers, WI 54241. This is part of the Two Rivers Main Street program. It starts Monday, November 5th and ends Monday, December 31st.
Two Rivers is trying hard and succeeding at reviving their city. Many new shops are there that people from bigger cities will enjoy, but not too big city that it loses it small town appeal.
Although the picture I used may not look like my retail space there, it is retail I have at a current place. Still, some things to work out.
I will be competing in the Light Up the Lakeshore and hopefully will win. There is a write up in the Inside UW-Green Bay News. I registered for another competition gBETA also. People were questioning why I would try to finish my business administration degree. I already had a minor in business administration and have small business experience. I am glad I did that is for sure. My professor Ryan Kauth who has been the professor for several classes knows my dedication and drive. He has told me about a few contests to apply for money, learning some things that my other education has missed, and other connections. I believe he does this for other people that he believes can start and grow businesses. He is a huge advocate for these people. I am glad I am one of the people he believes in. If you would like to attend there is a Facebook event with some details here.
Oh, also I have set up with Square for people who want to buy gift cards for people. This will be handy during the holiday season and well for other special occasions. You can buy an online gift card here.