One of my favorite songs is “Far Away Places”; written by Joan Whitney and Alex Kramer, and popularized by Bing Crosby and many others. (Here’s a Sam Cooke version: http://youtu.be/HAfAsTVJmWU) It tells of a person who wants to visit all the wonderful places in the world he’s read about in books and magazines, which sounds exactly like me! I am adding to my list of visited countries this month with a trip to Beijing and Jinan, China. My good friend, Bill “The Colonel” Eubank, has put together a whirlwind tour of teaching English and performing at universities and elementary schools. I hope to be able to get through the Chinese cyber-blocks and post blogs entries, photos, and video here; stay tuned for updates on this grand adventure!