Well, this is it boys and girls; my visa was a-granted and I'm to Asia again tomorrow. Check back soon for updates and first (of second) impressions. I hope to make this blog a bit more issues-centred and do a big launch, but since I'm already getting a lot of hits (50 over the last few days or so... thanks Google!) I'm going to keep the personal travelogue side of it running as well.
As of September this year, it will be a decade of doing going between 'the Chinas' and home: 96-97 to study; 98, 99 & 2000 to teach; 2002-2003 to study; 2005 to travel and now, 2006 to study again. Almost 40% of those last ten years spent abroad. If I seem a bit retrospective, I am. Things feel different this time--and I hope that's a good thing.
To end this new beginning, I quote from my good friend Charles Du Bois (whom I came to know over a book of quotes): "The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become."