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On Monday I woke up early, went to the Chinese Embassy with Larry. The lady gave me a hard time again and asked for additional documentation. She asked I hand write a personal statement to declare I would not be going to conduct business for AOL in China. While writing the letter, I thought I'd try to be funny. I wrote, "I just want to see the Great Wall of China... that's it. I promise not to conduct any business related to AOL while I visit China." The lady took my letter, read it, smiled and gave me a receipt for all of our paperwork. When I went back after several hours to check in and pick up my visa, it was ready.
So we get to see China after all! No changing flights around!
One other piece of good news, for those of you worried about me going to South Africa by myself (mostly my family) - one of my friends, Connie, has excitedly agreed to meet me in South Africa! Yipppeee! So I'll have company in South Africa.
The rest of the week, I spent packing (yes, I packed, re-packed and re-organized my backpack more than once). Larry made a few recommendations on what I was over-packing. I printed all my itineraries, and completed all my lodging plans. I also received my global phone in the mail and need to activate it today (though I plan on using it ONLY for emergencies).
I'm all set. I just have to throw my wallet, passport and few other personal belongings into my bag and I'm ready to board my flight.
Today, I'm going to visit my mom (who thinks I'm not coming home... she's worried sick - I told her she's going to give herself a heart attack). She made me promise I'd call her often (she asked for a call 3 times a day - I'll have to see how that works out).
So that's about it for now. I'm very excited and probably won't sleep tonight!
Stay tuned for more later.