A quick note over my rushed morning tea (which should be green tea today – but nevermind). In a few hours I’ll be aboard my Asian bound plane, passing through Bangkok en route to my first stop Shanghai. Farewell Paris for a whole four weeks! I’m embarking on a nine city, three country, four week adventure! What will it have in store for petite moi?
I’ve barely had time to think about this special trip. Two weeks for work in China and Japan followed by two weeks’ vacation in Thailand. Most readers probably don’t know I have a very odd connection with China. My quirky childhood included my family running a Chinese food restaurant, so I spent several years in an odd North American imagined Chinese world. I was the perfect age for this, 9-13, and used to travel all over in my mind.
I remember years later watching Wong-Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love with my half-Korean boyfriend at the time, rekindling a spark for Romantic Asia. And so what parts of my dreams are actually going to be coming true over the coming weeks?
Marvelling at the possibilities over a glass of wine with a saucy friend a few weeks ago he dare me to go on a few dates to “test out” the Asian scene. Could I really? I didn’t want anyone to get the wrong idea that I was a fast moving westerner breezing through town, I was merely curious.
However, this dare got me thinking, perhaps I could conduct other sorts of experiments. Besides, I wanted to use this trip to refresh and recharge, not to go on the prowl. Nevertheless, in true Tigresse fashion, things happen in the most unexpected ways, who knows what the coming weeks could hold.
Either way, I’ll report back with photos, cultural observations and most probably a few good stories! In the meantime, I’ll be practising my “nǐ hǎo,” “konnichiwa,” and “s̄wạs̄dī” I won’t learn how to say goodbye, I plan on returning!