Somehow, I did not get an intestinal bug and I did not suffer jet-lag either way. I was well-fed to counteract the weight I lost by sweating. I visited the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Silk Market, the Pearl Market, and the Wangfujing night market. Yes, I spent money on things. I used my Mandarin training to barter, to order from menus, and to try to talk to some Chinese girls that joined us for the Great Wall trip. And I got lost by myself in Beijing only twice. Over the course of the month, my culinary horizons were somewhat stretched. I don't think I ate dog, but I did try kalamari (deep-fried), clam, snake, octopus, and scorpion. I think the scorpion was tastiest.
Oh, and I taught students, too, but that was elsewhere in Asia and I can't post about it. But it was definitely the best part of the experience.
And now, it's time to prepare for being a student again. #studentclothes, anyone?
"A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell." C. S. Lewis