Preparation: 6 days till China
Hey Everyone, Molly here. This will be where you’ll find my stories, photos, and videos of my trip!
I’m sure some of you don’t know where or what I am doing, so here is a quick run down.
I’ll be flying to China this Sunday morning to spend 1 month with my twin sister, Colleen, in the Yunnan Province. She is on break for the Spring Festival, so we’re going on a 10 day excursion somewhere (Guilin? Shibaoshan Mountain?!). Then I’ll be traveling around Yunnan and spending time in Kunming for the rest of the month. I’m hoping to see the Stone Forest, hike parts of the Himalayas, meet interesting people, and experience China in a whole different way. I’ll be taking some footage in China, but not as much as I will be later on in my travels.
Then in early March, I’ll fly to Japan. Since I don’t need a visa for 90 days, I’ll take some time to sight see and visit friends who are living in Japan! I’ll probably travel for 1 to 1.5 months and then I’m hoping to do some research in Southern Japan. There are lots of scientists in the rainforest found on Ogasawara Islands and the Nansei Shoto Archipelago. This is where I’ll do lots of my filming, maybe I can even document some of the scientists work?
After Japan, I’ll be flying to Mongolia. Ever since I read about the Mongols for a research paper in middle school, It has been a dream of mine to visit this country. Every part of Mongolia fascinates me. The Gobi Desert to the south with its migrating camels, Mongolia’s world renowned horses, the volcanoes and sand dunes to the East, pristine lakes in the mountains to the West, and the famous herders and nomads that live all throughout. I still don’t know exactly where I’ll be, but I’m planning on visiting a friend who is doing Peace Corps. And as you can tell, I’ll have fun wherever I go. I’m planning on doing a lot of filming in Mongolia.
After Mongolia, I will either take the Trans-Siberian Railway to Moscow (I really want to do this) or fly to Europe. I have a flight out of Dublin on August 12th. So, by the time I make it to Europe, I’ll putz around for a month and slowly but surely make it to Ireland. I have friends in Amsterdam, France, England, and possibly Germany. So, I’ll probably stop by those countries to say hello and sight see.
Well, that’s my plan. I think it sounds fantastic. I can’t wait to see and experience these new places. All I’ll have is a 60 liter Granite Gear pack and my REI Flash bag. I’ll post what I’m putting into my bag later this week. First I’ve gotta figure out what I’m actually going to pack!
Thanks for reading.
Have an amazing adventure!
Hey Molly, or should I say ‘ni hau’? What are your plans for being in southern Japan? It would be awesome to meet up! I’m in a little town called Shibushi on the south part of Kyushu Island, but the bigger cities are much more interesting like Kagoshima City, Miyazaki, Fukuoka or Nagasaki. Anyway, let me know if you’re going to be around! I read that you’re going to what looks like a tropical paradise of an island that I didn’t even know existed — Ogasawara Islands.
It’s still up in the air if I’ll get the research position in the Southern islands. I’m going to do look at my research options in Japan and start applying in the following weeks.
Let’s keep in touch. I’ll be in Japan in a month and I’m planning on visiting my friend Sam on the Western coast (doing JET as well). Maybe he’d like to join me when I venture South.
Let me know if you have any holidays coming up in the next few months.
So your friend Sam isn’t on Kyushu? There’s one holiday the 20th of March but it falls in the middle of the week, and nothing else until the end of April. Still, I can get pretty much anywhere on Kyushu for a weekend. So yeah, let’s keep in touch : D