I apologize for the uncharacteristic lag in posts…but let me explain myself. Since my last post I have A)fallen through a manhole cover. B)Had my computer stolen. C) Spent hours drinking tea and shooting the shit with two beautiful Chinese girls and a songwriter for Chinese pop stars in his posh Beijing studio. D) Fallen in love with the nation of Sweden. E)Cried, at least a dozen times. F) Driven my mother to the point of insanity. G)Survived. H) Made countless new friends. I)Realized that I may never want to go back home. J)Relieved my frayed mother.

I leave Beijing tomorrow, a day late and ages wiser. Once I get everything settled back in Liaocheng, I promise to explain more.