The China Adventure (or Pandemic Travels) #10

The China Adventure (or Pandemic Travels) #10

Shanghai Week 3 & Beijing Week 1 After closing out the week of “home observation” in Shanghai I was finally able to make the trip up to Beijing this past Monday. The week in Shanghai was pretty nice. Moving from the quarantine hotel to the JW Marriott...

The China Adventure (or Pandemic Travels) #9

Quarantine Escape Day I am out! I am out of quarantine as I write this! Huzzah! I survived Chinese COVID Quarantine! It feels good to be out of that tiny room. I mean, sure, I am just in another hotel, but I am not stuck in my room, and even if I were, I have way more...

The China Adventure (or Pandemic Travels) #8

Quarantine Day 14 The only thing of note today was just another COVID test. Wake up at 5:00 AM to be ushered out in the cold morning for a COVID test. Once again, have brain assaulted by nasal swab, although this time only in one nostril. They also did a throat swab...

The China Adventure (or Pandemic Travels) #7

Quarantine Day 10 (aka: my birthday) Inching ever closer to getting released from centralized quarantine. Four more days to go, and another COVID test. At this point I am in to my fourth book of the trip, I have binged seasons of: The Expanse, His Dark Materials, and...

The China Adventure (or Pandemic Travels) #6

Quarantine Day 7 Half way to the end of centralized quarantine! When you are sitting in a hotel room that you cannot leave, and the view outside your window is a pretty generic bit of highway, you could be anywhere in the world. For that matter your world is really...

The China Adventure (or Pandemic Travels) #5

Quarantine Day 4 & 5 Ok, so quarantine is officially crappy. I mean, this hotel room is pretty small. Probably no bigger than your average NYC hotel room, which, is pretty small. The hotel, well, it might have been nice once. Their website makes them look pretty...

The China Adventure (or Pandemic Travels) #4

Quarantine Day 3 Today I actually had something to do. Started the day with a webinar EHS training session for the job I am headed to. To be fair, I don’t know how much I really can talk about what the job is or who it is for. I certainly won’t be able to...

The China Adventure (or Pandemic Travels) #3

Getting to China & Quarantine Day 1 Today is Tuesday, February 2 here in Shanghai, China. It gets confusing when you are on a plane for 15 hours and cross the international date line and are on the other side of the world from where you started. I started in SFO...

The China Adventure (or Pandemic Travels) #2

COVID Testing & The Waiting Game Yesterday I went for my COVID testing here in San Francisco. I had made it this far into the pandemic without being tested, so this was a first for me. As Ruth put it “Get your brain assaulted by a cotton swab.” That...

The China Adventure (or Pandemic Travels) #1

Here we are, the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging on. It has been almost a year since the world shut down. Almost a year since we were told that we could squash this in a few weeks. Almost a year since we learned that many Americans care more about their “freedoms”...