Traveling From The US To China

One train, two cabs, two planes, and three shuttles later, we’ve found ourselves transported from the US to China! We started in Seattle, had an overnight layover in Incheon, South Korea, and then we had a choice between flying straight into Nanjing, or paying half the price to fly into Shanghai and take a train from there. We went with the latter 🙂

Most of the time I had my hands full with luggage, etc, so I’ve taken very few pictures so far and I feel like a really bad travel blogger. I took a few photos of the Shanghai Railway Station, though.

La Vie Sans Peur, travel and lifestyle blog | Shanghai Railway Station
Shanghai Railway Station
La Vie Sans Peur, travel and lifestyle blog | Shanghai Railway Station
Shanghai Railway Station

Overall, the travel experience getting from the airport in Incheon, South Korea to Shanghai Pudong Airport to the Shanghai Railway Station wasn’t too scary, even for a girl who doesn’t speak Chinese and has never been to Asia. I think I could have done all this solo, it would have just taken a bit longer and piqued my anxiety a few times.

The most intimidating thing was the cab drivers who followed us around as we were trying to exit the airport. By the time the last person had gotten in my face I looked right at him and said “NO!” with my scary Mom face that I give Abe (our dog) when he’s done something bad. I have to say, that was very effective! Pro tip: Don’t accept a ride from these people – head right to the line at ground transportation marked for cabs. The prices are standardized and they’re less likely to run you around in circles because you’re the newbie in town.

La Vie Sans Peur, travel and lifestyle blog | Shanghai Railway Station
Shanghai Railway Station

This trip has been exhausting, but I know it’s just a matter of time before I catch up on sleep and calm down a bit.

My Travel Coping Mechanisms

My main methods of survival during these last 2 days of travel were as follows:

Coffee
La Vie Sans Peur, travel and lifestyle blog | Incheon International Airport, South Korea, Twosome Coffee
This coffee was SO SO good!! If you’re in the Incheon Airport, be sure to grab a cup here.

We had some seriously excellent coffee in the airport in Korea, and I’m from the Pacific Northwest so I don’t throw around these comments lightly.

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Iced Americano with the cutest coffee sleeve I ever did see.
Humor

Listening to Snoop Dogg remixes on my nice headphones was a great temporary relief, but the best coping mechanism during the last leg of the journey was reading Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Here’s a little snippet to give you an idea of what this book is like:

“Most people don’t go out into the woods to catch armadillos so that their father can race them professionally. …there is nothing like seeing your father down on his hands and knees with five other grown men, screaming and slapping at the ground to scare their respective armadillos into crossing the finish line first. And when I say, ‘There’s nothing like it,’ what I mean is, ‘Holy shit, these people are f***ing insane.'”

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On the bullet train from Shanghai to Nanjing
Crying

I’m not about to post a picture example, but I think it’s important to share that I’ve cried about 12 times in the last 2 days. It’s important because, for people with anxiety, I truly think this is just part of traveling. I don’t speak Chinese and I’m an extrovert, so the lack of human connection lately has been getting to me. I know that this will pass and I’ll settle into a routine in time. For now, I’ll just let myself cry when I need to – so basically whenever I’m tired or hungry.

Thanks for reading! Talk to you soon 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Traveling From The US To China”

  • Yeah
    Did Eric’ s Chinese help you guys?
    I hope so although probably a lot of people speak English
    How and what was on the crazy buffet?
    R u awake yet 13 hours difference and 16 hours difference from the west coast wow
    U even missed a day I guess
    Love u

    • Yes! Oh my gosh I don’t know how I would have gotten around the train station or this city without his Chinese. It will be easier for me to go out on my own once I am familiar with where things are and how I should act.

      The buffet had pretty much everything – 6 different soups, different rices, steamed veggies, spareribs, pork buns, fish, salad, dessert… we tried so many different things and weren’t even close to eating it all. It was an expensive meal for this area, 98 RMB per person which is about $15. We were too tired to look for much else, so it was worth every penny.

      We have been waking up around 4am and fighting to stay awake past 9pm – haha. We’ll get used to it soon. I had 3 cups of coffee today to try to stay awake longer. Yep, we did miss a day!

      Love you too 🙂

    • Yes! Oh my gosh I don’t know how I would have gotten around the train station or this city without his Chinese. It will be easier for me to go out on my own once I am familiar with where things are and how I should act.

      The buffet had pretty much everything – 6 different soups, different rices, steamed veggies, spareribs, pork buns, fish, salad, dessert… we tried so many different things and weren’t even close to eating it all. It was an expensive meal for this area, 98 RMB per person which is about $15. We were too tired to look for much else, so it was worth every penny.

      We have been waking up around 4am and fighting to stay awake past 9pm – haha. We’ll get used to it soon. I had 3 cups of coffee today to try to stay awake longer. Yep, we did miss a day!

      Love you too 🙂

      • Everything sounds good
        So glad things are falling into place
        You will be able to become familiar with everything just give it some time ok
        Luv u guys and Lauren I am very proud of u for going on this journey and making the best of it

  • The food sounds good likewise the atmosphere too
    Wish I was there enjoying it with you
    But keep me posted because that is the next best thing
    Hope orientation was good
    Luv u
    When can we talk ?

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