Traveling to China Draws Near

I apologize for the lack of updates in the past few months, but things have been quite hectic in preparation for the upcoming move to China. Originally I had intended to leave by the end of May at the latest to meet the original deadline I had set for myself.  As the time drew near I managed to get most of the large things accomplished.  However, prices for flights to China rose in price faster than I had anticipated for the summer traveling season.  In light of this I decided to delay my departure date until September.  This would allow for prices to fall to a more reasonable level and give me more time to continue working and saving money to live on while in China. Another benefit of leaving in September is that my friend will be able to travel with me at that time, and he intends to stay for six months or a year as well.

Several of my friends will also travel to China for a couple of weeks to train at the school.  I am glad that they will be accompanying me and have the opportunity to train in China and visit the famed Shaolin Temple.  Sharing this experience with my friends will be great and is a perfect way to start of my stay. One of my friends is a direct student of the master of the school where I will be studying and he will accompany us to help us get settled in, which is a great relief for me.  He speaks fluent Mandarin which will help us to get around since I am not as confident in my speaking ability yet.  I am very glad that my close friend will stay at the school also and study for an extended period of time.  It will be very nice to have someone familiar around that speaks English, which will make the transition easier.

I am still working to accomplish everything I need to do as soon as possible so that I can enjoy the summer and spend time with my family and friends.  I have put my car up for sale and have already moved out of my home so that my cousin and his wife may move in.  They will rent my house from me for the duration of my stay which really helps to alleviate the financial strain I will be under.  I have finished putting my finances and legal affairs in order and only a few small things remain to accomplish.

I have already purchased my one way ticket to China for the 6th of September.  Having the ticket purchased and an itinerary in hand makes everything a bit more real.  I am excited to see all the preparations coming together making the end goal of studying in China that much closer.

I am very excited about the trip and being able to study kung fu in China. I am ready to enjoy the summer and spend as much time as possible with those I care about.  I know the months will pass by very quickly and it will be time to embark on this great venture very soon.


Comments  8 Comments »

  1. Nathaniel Mitchell - June 15, 2010 8:42 am

    Ugh – your move is coming too fast! (not for you – I know) Need to see you soon.

  2. Kathy McKinnon - June 15, 2010 10:13 am

    Be safe! Matt

  3. Katie Wylie - June 16, 2010 12:24 am

    Changed my mind can't go!

    • Matt Talbert - June 16, 2010 3:40 am

      Da Shi Xiong Matt Talbert

      I am excited to go and can’t wait, but I also think it will come way too fast for me. I am glad I have the summer with friends and family though and absolutely need to see everyone soon!

      Katie, I think there are many at this point who would agree with you, but I have to keep at it for now. Don’t worry I won’t be gone forever!

  4. Jen - June 17, 2010 5:30 pm

    This is so exciting! I’m slightly envious of you…but I can only imagine how hard it must be to leave everyone behind for 3 years! Will you have any internet access, or *gasp* snail mail? What an awesome experience this will be for you!

    • Matt Talbert - June 18, 2010 3:06 am

      Da Shi Xiong Matt Talbert

      Yeah the hardest part will be leaving my family and friends behind, I will miss everyone terribly! I am hoping to have at least weekly access to the internet and am working on setting up a local VPN and proxy server here in the states so I can have unrestricted access to sites while I am there. I want to be able to keep up with people on Facebook, Twitter and Skype as well as keep this site updated so that everyone may share in this adventure with me!

  5. Tom Jorgenson - June 17, 2010 11:31 pm

    Are you moving permanently to China or just visiting?

    • Matt Talbert - June 18, 2010 2:59 am

      Da Shi Xiong Matt Talbert

      I am going to be going for a while to study martial arts. I am planning for up to a 3 year trip where I will be studying kung fu just outside the Shaolin Temple.

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