This morning: 3:15 wake up; 4:00 pick-up; 6:00 flight from BWI to Toronto. Four hour layover; bless the Star Alliance Gold card that gave us access to a great lounge. Thirteen hour flight to Shanghai; bless all Gary's United miles that are still paying the dividend of business class. Stretched out and slept some. Arrived on time. Viking River Cruise staff was there as we exited immigration and customs (total of 10 minutes to get thru). Hour ride to center city Shanghai.
Quick nap and cigar (guess who did what); dinner in the hotel tasting wonderful spices and listening to American music played on traditional Chinese instruments (very lovely). 9:30 PM here; 9:30 AM at home. Just have to flip our internal clocks and we'll be good to go for the rest of the trip!
Interesting note on the desk in our very nice 'studio": "...products of Google have been blocked in China since Tuesday 3rd June, this blockage includes Google search, images, translate. Gmail and almost all other products...it is not clear that whether the block is a temporary measure or a permanent one....". So if you don't hear from us, its not that we're not trying!