Well, here I am writing my last post in the U.S. Yep, that’s right. On Sunday morning (tomorrow) I’ll be flying to Chicago, then to Shanghai, and then to Kunming! At my final destination, Colleen will welcome me with open arms at the airport. We chatted last night and I am already excited for our first adventure to Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Gorge)!

I’ve been preparing for the last 5 months and now I think I am as ready as I’ll ever be. This last week has been full of spending time with friends, picking up last minute supplies, and organizing everything. Here’s a list of all the things I’m bringing!

What Molly is bringing on her trip:

Packs:

60L Granite Gear Pack, REI 18L Flash Pack , 2 Granite gear packing separators (one for summer/winter clothes, one for meds(first aid kit)/sunscreen/bug stuff), waterproof bag for electronics (adaptors, memory cards, batteries), and a mesh bag for laundry.

Med KitThis is what is in my medicine bag. I took an REI first aid kit and added bunches more stuff inside it (hopefully I won’t need to use it too much)

My packs

Clothes:

A lite-down Patagonia jacket, 1 Mountain Hardwear thermal pants, 1 tech long sleeve shirt, 3 socks (1 thick wool, 1 thin wool, 1 synthetic sock), 2 sports bras, 6 pairs of underwear, 1 tech tank, 2 pants (1 hiking pant, 1 cargo/short zip off pant), 1 gym short, 4 t-shirts (2 tech, 1 nice, 1 in between nice and tech), Keen hiking/walking shoes, sandals, a bandana, and 1 skirt.

my clothes

Electronics and other:

A frisbee, Handycam video camera, Canon powershoot, Gorilla tripod, quick dry towel, my iPhone, Chinese phrasebook, and a Kindle.

I also have presents for my twin sista in there! But, that will be kept a secret. ;)

I weighed my Granite Gear pack and it’s about 16.5 pounds (Probably more around 15 pounds without Colleen’s presents) and my goal in filling it up only halfway is a success! Overall, I’m pleased with my final product. I did have to sacrifice nice things, like a computer, cute clothes, and other fun things, but I know it’ll be worth it in the end.

Well, I should probably get off my computer and spend the rest of the evening with my family. Maybe I’ll make my brothers play Settler’s of Catan with me or I’ll watch a movie with my Mom and Dad (or both!?).

Either way, thanks for reading and I’ll update my China adventures in the near future.

Best,

-Molly

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Me with my pack and ready to go on my trip around the world :)

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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.

-Molly

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