Entering via ipad over unstable connection. So brief, and typos.
Assumed China still censored / prevented access to Nexus. But it does not prevent access here.
The flight is long for me. I fatigue easily. But enjoying this trip.
Staying with in-laws. What sweet welcoming people.
Beijing air is acrid smoky thick. At least, wS yesterday.
Changchun is old big industrial city in Northeast. As different from, say, Hongkong as Detroit or Cleveland woul be from Miami.
People here have strong Manchurian or Mongolian roots. Tall robust ruddy complexion. Plain spoken, earthy sense of humor. No attitude.
Staying with in laws who live here. Thats why we are here. What sweet down to earth people. So welcoming.
Food here is comfort food. Nothing like Chinese food in US. Wheat based filled dumplings, pot stickers, heavy noodles, sauerkraut. Filling and full of flavor.
Changchung is smoky dusty smoggy. I think here its dust blown in from the Gobi desert. All of the street flowers and trees are covered with desert dust.
Folks get a kick out of my efforts at Mandarin via phrase generator app on iphone. The do understand my attempts, whic is funny. Because knowvIm bad at it.
All for now. More later. Going with the flow, real break from normal life. Not a vacation paradise. But I think Im liking it far mor than I would, say, Acapulco. I know I am.