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Friday, October 13, 2006

I'm off to China first thing in the morning. Beijing is the destination. These days internet connections are pretty good wherever you go, so I should be able to keep you posted. I find that trips can act as punctuation marks or paragraph breaks in the midst of an activity-full life, and as such they are jolly useful. A change of scenery gives you a chance to catch your breath; to regain your perspective - and return refreshed with lots of new ideas. Flying with Singapore - usually a positive experience. I haven't been to China before so I'm looking forward to learning lots.


At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Have a good trip Jamie!! I have been to Beijing many times,the first probably being the best,as it was in the early 80,s when foreigners were very much a novelty.
I am sure you will be overwhelmed,by the sheer numbers of cars,bicycles,people and new buildings under construction.
You were missed at the Bandol offline,but no doubt your head today is in a better shape than mine!!

At 12:03 AM, Anonymous Trang Tran said...

Have a great trip Jamie! How is your mandarin chinese shaping up? I found a great webpage for downloading language learning kits, www.byki.com it uses flash cards to teach you common phrases.
It's free. I've been using it to learn Portuguese and Spanish and have also downloaded it to my phone that has a pocket pc (its more handy than a phrase book). You can even download it to your iPod, but I think that might be an overkill!! Have a great time and keep us posted.

At 4:04 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Thanks Keith - it is quite an overwhelming city.

Trang, precisely zero Mandarin chinese. No cantonese either. These tonal languages must be just about impossible for westerners to learn.


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