First blog post

I’m about to go to China for a month, taking my 5 month old son to the country in which he was conceived to meet his extended family. I’m very happy to be doing this and very happy to have the chance to give my Mandarin a bit of a brush-up. I’ll be spending time in Beijing, Inner Mongolia and the city Hefei, and hopefully can post to this site. I’ll be reading Chinese poetry, and might post my translations or responses to what I read.