China: 100 Days To Go

In which I countdown my remaining work days

Everyone does it, count towards a life event I mean. I’m no different, I just let an app do it for me: Tripit. It’s been my handy tool for over a year now, counting down the days until I went home for the Olympics (which is what I was counting down to this time last year), until I went to Vietnam, until I went to New Zealand at Christmas, until Beka came to Beijing to visit me and until I went to Guilin to meet with Agness and Cez.

Now, it’s counting down the days I have left at work. Today, it hit the magical *100* mark. Wow.

I left the UK on 29th August 2011. Proof? Here’s the paper I picked up before my Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong which I found during a tidy of my room recently (it was free, I didn’t pay £1 for it 😉 ): the independent 29th August 2011

independent 29th August 2011

Now a few internet calculations to bore you:

I was meant to stay 6 months working in China 183 days = 5 months and 30 days.

Instead, up until today I have been here 633 days = 1 year, 8 months and 24 days.

When I finish work, I will have been here for 733 days = 2 years and 2 days.

I’m not leaving China immediately after I finish work, but I will probably leave Zhangzhou immediately. The plan is to visit a friend’s family in Xi’an, then move onto Chengdu to visit Rachel, Ruby and the pandas and then it’s onto Singapore.

I still won’t have finished in China then though, as my flight from Singapore to Auckland is via my old favourite, Guangzhou airport. So until then, I can’t say goodbye to China properly.

It’s been one hell of a ride at work for the last 633 days, I’m sure the last 100 days to go will still surprise me right until the end.

Now how has the time flown so quickly?!

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Author: Bennett

2 years as an expat in China and now doing the same in New Zealand, Bennett sure likes to experience "slow travel!"

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  1. Numbers! I love a good statistic! Can’t believe you’ve been out there so long. You’re amazing, well done 🙂 Miss you though xxx

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    • Yeah, was clearly bored yesterday and wanted to find out some stats 😉 I can’t believe it either looking at this. Miss you too! xxx

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