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 😉 ):
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.