Though I’ve been too busy to get homesick, I’m looking forward to my upcoming sojourn in New Jersey. I’ll be returning home for a three-week stay in late January and early February after Pat and I travel around China during my semester break.
Our tour will include Beijing and Shanghai, along with trips to see the Terracotta Warriors and Big Goose Pagoda in Xi’an, the Giant Panda Research & Breeding Base in Chengdu, and the Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces near Longsheng. We’ll also make a brief stop in Zhengzhou, where I’ll show Pat my humble studio apartment, the drab campus of Henan University of Technology and the convenience store where I buy all my junk food.
My beautiful niece Elizabeth Selzam got married in the backyard of her parents’ home in Jackson, New Jersey. And I got to watch it live from 7,000 miles away on my MacBook Air.
Because of a choppy connection with Pat’s iPad, I couldn’t hear or see the entire ceremony. However, I could tell from all the beaming faces that it was a wonderful day. I was a little groggy, since the wedding took place at 1:40 in the morning my time, but it was worth staying up for.