Ottawa, August 2014
Ottawa, August 2014

Mark’s clothes are stacked at the bottom of my backpack, I’m picking jeans and shorts from the closet and I’m organizing my Hello Kitty toiletry bag. I packed this bag a dozen times before. A place for everything and everything in its place, from the clothes to the shampoo bottle, from the sarong to the sandals, from the first-aid kit to the stuffed animal I always bring for good luck.

Yes, we’re going. Again.

We decided it was time to graduate Mark from “easy international trips” (France, the US, Canada and Mexico) to “hell, let’s take an adventure”. At almost two years old, he is ready for a five-week-long culture shock.

I think.

So, where are we going to?

Well, I’m keeping it secret for now. Just because.

Eh, why don’t we make it a game?

Take a guess at our destination and I’ll draw one winner among the good answers (if several people get it right). The prize will be a souvenir from that country.

Need a few clues?

  • Language won’t be an issue.
  • Souvenirs from this country are pretty neat.
  • The flight will be long… long…

And that’s it, folks!

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39 Comments

  1. Mark September 5, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Sounds like Australia to me!

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    1. Zhu September 10, 2014 at 9:41 am

      I wish… too expensive these days!

      Reply
  2. Isa September 5, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Language won’t be an issue, because Mark can speak now!!!
    I’d say it’s the country of all pandas 🙂

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    1. Zhu September 10, 2014 at 9:41 am

      You got it! 🙂

      Reply
  3. Isa September 5, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Oh oh! Or maybe the kangaroo country!

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    1. Zhu September 10, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Nope, too expensive. Plus pandas are cuter.

      Reply
  4. La Madame September 5, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Je pensais aussi au pays des kangourous 😉 Ou bien sinon juste à côté, la Nouvelle-Zélande, je rêve d’y aller! 🙂

    Reply
    1. Zhu September 10, 2014 at 9:43 am

      On a été en 2003 et c’est un super pays!

      Reply
  5. Caro September 5, 2014 at 8:13 am

    New Zealand or australia?
    Have fun!

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    1. Zhu September 10, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Nope and nope! But yes, it will be fun 🙂

      Reply
  6. Shannon September 5, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I’m torn between guessing China or Australia, but I’m going to go with… hmm… China!

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    1. Zhu September 10, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Good guess!

      Reply
  7. Klaus September 5, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Hm, language won’t be an issue… that leaves us with English, French and Mandarin. Since you mentioned the “culture shock”, it’s probably not Australia or New Zealand. Nobody who reads the news would currently travel to Africa, so I guess I vote for China (or “Wongcouver”, no big difference 😉 ).

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    1. Zhu September 10, 2014 at 9:43 am

      You got it too! Man, you guys are good!

      Reply
  8. L September 5, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I’m going to go with India, since souvenirs from India can be pretty neat.

    Reply
    1. Zhu September 10, 2014 at 9:44 am

      I wish… never had the chance to visit, one day maybe!

      Reply
  9. Alan September 5, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    I agree with Klaus. Maybe Vancouver or Victoria so I vote BC.

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    1. Zhu September 10, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Nope, on my list though!

      Reply
  10. Lora September 5, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Tricky! I want to guess Japan, but you said language isn’t an issue, so I’m guessing China as well

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    1. Zhu September 10, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Good guess!

      Reply
  11. clary September 5, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Al parecer Iran a China…buen viaje!!!

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    1. Zhu September 10, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Muy bien!

      Reply
  12. Emma September 5, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Yeah travels! The souvenir hint made me think of Japan but then I am not sure you speak Japanese.. So I will go with China! Can’t wait to read your next adventures

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    1. Zhu September 10, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Nope, don’t speak Japanese. I can only read a few kanji, which are borrowed from Chinese. 🙂

      Reply
  13. Christiane September 6, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Awesome ! Safe travels ! Hmmmm my guess is China or to be more specific Hong Kong…

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    1. Zhu September 10, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Wow, that was specific!

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      1. Christiane September 10, 2014 at 11:37 am

        I guessed China and my husband guessed Hong Kong lol ! Have a blast !

        Reply
  14. MarkG September 6, 2014 at 8:39 am

    So many possibilities…but I am guessing Australia. You’re packing for some beach time, it’s a long flight and there are neat souvenirs aplenty. Have a great trip wherever it may be.

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    1. Zhu September 10, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Ah yes, the sarong… it’s more of an all-purpose thing to me actually, like a blanket, a scarf, etc.

      Reply
  15. Holly Nelson September 6, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    New Zealand? South America again??

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    1. Zhu September 10, 2014 at 9:52 am

      Sorry, China!

      Reply
  16. Crystal September 7, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Hmmm… I think either Australia or Taiwan!

    Safe travels! xx

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    1. Zhu September 10, 2014 at 9:52 am

      Taiwan would have been interesting too!

      Reply
  17. Den Nation September 7, 2014 at 5:54 am

    This is fun. How about South Africa? Looks like it fits all of the clues!

    The suspense is killing me…

    Reply
    1. Zhu September 10, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Eh, that’s true, it does fit the clues and we talked about it recently!

      Reply
  18. Den Nation September 7, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Well, now that I think of it, it’s probably not South Africa if you are packing a sarong. Sounds like it is India.

    Reply
  19. petite yaye September 10, 2014 at 10:56 am

    sad… I can’t play the game, I was updated of you new posts by the tienanem one, I arleady know… and am 5 articles late…

    Reply
    1. Zhu September 13, 2014 at 9:59 am

      It’s alright!

      Reply
  20. Lynn September 10, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Totally jealous of your Hello Kitty toiletries bag. Can I see a pic of it? Have a great time in China!

    Reply

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