离开中国 – Leaving China
亲 爱的，尊敬的朋友们；dear and respected friends, I have much to share with you. First and foremost: be careful what you wish. To quote my dear old self, a mere handful of days ago: “…I’m becoming bored by China and ready to move to whatever comes next.” To be mildly trite about it, the future is now. Eleven days have taken me from fairly confident MSF would keep me here until the end of December, to leaving my mission in China sixty hours from this moment, now, as I sit at my desk on my computer listening to OMD cycling on the MP3 player. Saturday morning I’m bound for a week’s R&R in a soon-to-be-disclosed location (if you watch the blog, you too can find out where and envy me), whence I shall jet to my new assignment in MSF’s Sri Lanka mission.
More about the future when I’ve started living it. For the moment, I choose to look back fondly on the 18 months that have been since I left the US and hitched my star to MSF. This pic of me at the Eastern Qing Tombs Spirit Way arrived recently from Davey, one of the many friends and colleagues I’m sad to be bidding adieu. You must note that I’m holding a water bottle that claims to be Pabst Blue Ribbon Water. Wow – even weaker than the old 3.2 beer! For the sheer fun of it and to honor 18 kick-ass months, I’ve selected this and nine other shots to represent outstanding moments since I boarded that flight in Cleveland.