This is that wonderful time of year when Alice and I hop onto an Air Canada flight… destined for Shanghai.
Before I get to the airport I take my last deep breaths of Toronto air (not the best, but relative to Shanghai’s it’s like a stroll in the forest) and prepare to sit like a sausage in a meat package for the next 16 hours or so. Needless to say, not my favorite way of spending a Sunday afternoon. Hey, ya gotta suck it up for the cause right?
The nice thing about going away is that I get to spend the next 10 days with my wife Alice. My best friend, soul mate, and for the next 10 days or so, my lifeline, since she’s also my translator. The trip this year will be filled with lot’s of fun and excitement. A trade show in Shanghai, then off to Shenzhen and next to Guangzhou for visits to our factories. After a week of this, there will be a welcome two days off in Hong Kong (Alice’s birthplace) for a much needed rest, and perhaps if there’s time, the worlds best $20.00 Swedish massage.
For those of you who travel for business, you know how exhausting it can be. Yes, we’ll miss the kids (really we will), and yes, it’s going to be a pain in the butt trying to find Wifi zones for my iPhone so I can get to my emails, but traveling is also a bit of a refresh from the daily grind. We get to meet with our partners, break bread (or rice) with them, and hopefully form new friendships. It’s actually a pretty cool perk if you want to know the truth.
And finally, I’d like to also extend a warm L’Shana Tova to all of our Jewish friends and family. To celebrate the season, this morning I ate two pieces (a first for me) of honey cake made by Hava, a friend of my sisters. With apologies to my Aunt Ruth, this cake blew my socks off. HONEY CAKE RULES!