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The gypsy in me has taken me to many places in many guises. Next stop is China, the Middle Earth Kingdom. Here on these pages I will reflect on what I am experiencing here while my life partner and I are engaged as university instructors teaching English. Wander with me through my thoughts.

Diary Entries

Wednesday, 23 August 2006

Location: Changzhou, China

As we drove from our home to the airport the dawn was approaching. In the lightening sky the moon's crescent hovered above a lone star in the eastern sky. Strangest thought went through my head we were heading to the far east by flying west, flying across the international date line into tomorrow. The clear sky promised smooth sailing and that is what we got, a calm and peaceful trip through the air.

As we approached the eastern coast of China, the land called the Middle Kingdom, on the approach to Shanghai, I was struck by how the Yangtze River had created such a huge stain on the Pacific Ocean/China Sea. The ships travelling through these waters looked as though they were floating on a sand desert.

We were met at the airport and taken to our new home city, the city of Changzhou. The drive from Shanghai to Changzhou was a rather long three hours in rainy and smoggy conditions. We were then fed before being taken to our new lodging. Twenty-five hours after leaving our home in Canada, we were able to go to bed and rest.

Thursday, 17 August 2006

Well, it is only a few more days until Maureen and I board a plane for China. As all of you know, we are going to spend the next year in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, People's Republic of China as university teachers.

The past few months have been a time of preparation for this adventure. One of the big parts of this preparation was dealing with issues growing out of my ownership of JungLife. For whatever reason, it wasn't working for me and I couldn't find a way out of the morass in which I found myself with the discussion forum. I burnt my posts and left the ashes thinking I was finally done with it all. Then, like a phoenix, something rose out of the ashes. I returned to JungLife with a new energy and direction and rebuilt the structure and the rules in order to feel more at home in this strange cyberian world of relationships. I have promised all at JungLife that I would share my China adventures with them. And so, I have begun this record for that sharing. Please feel free to peruse the photos, read the blogs to come, post comments and/or send me e-mail. I invite any interested to visit JungLife at and experience yet a different journey, a journey to the Inner Worlds of the Human Psyche.

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