It's official! We are going to Beijing! Jeff is presenting a paper at an international professional conference in China next month, and I get to tag along.
We weren't sure it would work out since visas are required, the language barrier is a little more intense than usual, and Beijing is a huge, crowded, somewhat polluted, and intimidating city. I wasn't certain I was up to fending for myself as I usually do while Jeff is occupied in talks all day. But Jeff has arranged tours for me every day from 9 to 5 and we're going a few days early so we can acclimate and enjoy China together. We have some contacts and friends there as well, so perhaps we'll get an insider's view of the city, too! I'm very excited for our week and a half visit, as this will be quite different from the other four continents we have explored.