I apologize for the slow down in communication since I have been in China. Many websites and web services are blocked by the government here. For example, I had no access to Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, YouTube, etc. (When you type in the address of these sites the browser simply returns with an error message). Yes, there are ways of getting around the government blocks but I did not put any effort towards it considering the brevity of my visit.
I arrive in Bangkok, Thailand this afternoon and look forward to resuming posting and sharing my pictures.
It looks as if I have just barely escaped another major world event and again have lady luck alone to thank. The 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan struck exactly 6 days after my departure from the country. This beats out last month's 2 1/2-week miss of the civil unrest in Egypt and the Middle East. Let us pray for all those negatively affected by these events and for my continued good fortune in staying ahead of them.