I was hoping to post a longer blog before leaving for Qinghai. Alas, ETD is less than two hours. So I'm just saying a quick hello, letting you know all is well here, and making sure you each know how much I'm thinking of and loving you. Last weekend Rebecca and I took the train down to Suzhou and Hangzhou to spend three days wandering through gardens, eating giant baozi, reading, drinking tea, and experiencing direct sunlight. Yes! I hope to say more about our trip soon, but I've got to finish pulling things together here. We will return from Qinghai sometime around the 29th or 30th of April. I'll be back in touch then with plenty of things to ramble about, I'm sure.
(Mak, Kenzie, Kenz, Kiki, Older-sister-not-Tatyana)
Giant, wonderful-smelling peonies in Wangshi Yuan (Master of Nets Garden).
Here is China! Qinghai is the giant purple province. We will be in the north-easterly part in the Tibetan area Amdo. We tend to think of Tibet just in terms of the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR), the big blue province. But Tibetan regions also exist in Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan, and Yunnan.