It’s official after several months of waiting for the news… my sister and her family are moving to China… for three years! Yes, I know, OMG! It’s a great opportunity for them, and I know it will be a great adventure, but I miss her already.
My first instinct was to grab the atlas and the globe. China is such a huge country, and so far away. I know nothing about Asia and have so much to learn. They will be living in Guangzhou, which is about 75 miles northwest of Hong Kong (near the bottom right corner of this map). That is about twelve hours from my time zone.
(map from Lonely Planet)
My second instinct was to find out how much airfare will cost for me to visit. About $1,500 – not too bad.
And then sadness settled in to my heart. We’re not twins or anything. In fact, she is a few, well, maybe, several years older than me. But we have always been close. I have looked up to her my whole life. We never fought when we were kids, even shared a room until she was eighteen, and we’ve always remained the closest friends.
On the bright side, this will be a great opportunity for me to do some international travel, something I have always wanted to do. I imagined traveling to Paris or Rome, but this will do for now. Then, in just three years, they will move back to Cincinnati, just a half day’s drive for me. I shouldn’t wish away the next three years though because we are facing a wonderful adventure. I’m sure we will be able to find some cool yarn and fabric stores in her new neighborhood!