tomorrow i leave beijing for Xi'an, in central china, by train. Nicole, an employee here at ChinaCare, will join me. sally will hang out here for a couple more days. on the 14th, she'll board a US-bound plane to shreveport. shes got herself a weddin' to catch. in the meantime, ill be seeing the sights in Xi'an. after a couple days there i get on another train for Xiamen, which is on the southeast coast. we have some friends there who will let me stay in their apartment while theyre away. (thanks wayne and teresa!!) sally and i meet again on the 21st or 22nd to continue west for Chengdu. this town is the gateway to the western province of Tibet. we should be in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, for Christmas. we kill a few days there, then get on a bus that will take us over the Himalayas to Kathmandu, Nepal. these are the plans for the immediate future. who knows if any of it will happen.