I had many reasons to write this story. It was a moment in my life
where I did something not thought of before the year 2000. China
was not on my bucket list of places to visit. During my time in
China, I recorded what I saw.
The journey jolted me into a different age, a different way of
thinking, of viewing life from a perspective I hadn’t been experiencing
for the preceding 50 years. Many quotes about travelling spring to
Mark Twain wrote: Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and
narrow-mindedness. To change, one needs to travel.
The final verse of The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost, says it all.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
This book is about one of my journeys, begun in 2003.
Never did I think I would ever go to China, to live there,
to teach there, to meet new and, in my eyes, exotic
people. I will take you to places few westerners have seen
or experienced. I believe I went with an open mind, to
taste the exotic, the new, and the old.
Come with me on the adventure, and share in my daily
life in Midwest China.