Hello there! My name is Ying Yue and I am a proud mother to a wonderful daughter (Fei Yue) and a wife to an outstanding husband (Zhang Wei). I live in a poor neighborhood and I am traveling the Silk Road to sell silk in hopes of earning money so that I can provide my family with a better life and house. I also want to prove to my parents that the sacrifices they made for me were worth it.
I woke up one lovely morning and was hesitant about having to explain to my husband about the journey I would face. Without knowing, the words slipped out of my mouth and to my surprise, he took the information well and offered me a map.
I took days preparing my tools and supplies and strategizing the route I would take and the decisions I would make if I were put in a situation that I was not expecting.
The day had come. The air was crisp and my town was alive. Smoke was exiting the roofs of many houses, kids were playing with toys in the watchful eyes of their parents and my daughter and husband stood there sad yet happy. I am ready.
I packed the silk in bags along the camels with the assistance of my husband. I had hired a skillful caravan leader and was more than prepared for my dangerous yet exciting journey. I was off.
My journey along the Silk Road is another story. As of now, I am a proud owner of a beautiful home, a family that I love and appreciate dearly, and parents I feel I have done my best to repay. Overall, I am proud of my achievements and will never forget this experience. -Ying Yue