I am the first posting to my blog! Where is everybody from the summer? You are all very slow, just like getting ready for the forest transect in the morning! ;-)
Everybody hears the news from Vietnam? So scary to think of so much illness very close to where we had our camp. I hope the people we meet in Tuyen Quang are healthy. I am afraid for the small farm villages – even if they have no disease, they will lose all their chickens. I think about our chickens in the camp, how we like to feed them scraps, and they fly into the tree at night, and Elaine swears very loud and didn’t believe they can fly! I didn’t want to eat them at the end, they are part of the group.
I want to send some money to the family of the children who take our leftover food for the animals and who bring us the “special” rice wine, but I do not know how to send this to them. I try to ask the office of the Extreme Research company in Beijing, and they only send me a message to say we are not in any danger from the Chicken Flu. Can anybody SkIMp their local office to find the information for me?
I am very busy the last few weeks with studying, and now preparing for Winter break soon. I will miss my new friends at Beida, but look forward very much to seeing my family and Xuining friends, and to celebrate the New Year and Spring Festival at home!
It is not long after 1st January, so I begin with a meme for 2026: Tell me your three resolutions! Mine are 1) Paint a little every day 2) Keep writing my blog and 3) Go outside every day and speak to another person, so I am not just working and blogging and going crazy! You see, without my Bad Influences, I am very good. I tag Elaine, Jack and Ash!