By: Elizabeth Bauman

We have survived leg # 1 of 3 of this trip to Xi’an and now waiting at Chicago for leg #2 to Shanghai. My attempt, along with most everyone else, to stay awake that last flight fell quite short as I nodded off reading the first chapter of my book.

Grades are slowly being posted and there is a hesitation to ‘look or not to look’. The most frustrating part of looking is that not all grades are posted – so you are kept in suspense for the rest. But our focus will be completely elsewhere once we leave this airport and unrestricted Internet will not be as readily available.

One of my favorite people on this trip so far is my colleague and fellow Briefing Book Team Lead – Alex. As a pilot, he is full of useful information such as: our plane is 10 years old, the engine of the plane is as large as the fuselage, and our flight path to Shanghai (our next stop) goes over the North Pole. He knows this because he charted our route on his own. Definitely a good plane / travel need to have around! Haha.

Next step, China! Time to board.

Home is now behind you, the world lies ahead.