This is the very moment that I have contentedly put off for a month. The first blog entry RE ‘Year Abroad’, a phrase once turned ugly by its overuse and by my own spirit of traditionalism and scepticism that steeped summertime musings about the twelve months ahead. A testament to the magic of Edinburgh? (GREAT castle.) Rather too preoccupied with all who were to be missed rather than with excitement about the incredible opportunity at my feet, it was with a compliant myopia that the packing and departure process for Beijing took place. I am ‘happay’ to report however, that my paradigm has shifted, unsurprisingly, and it is with newly restored faith in the world and all it has to offer that I return to this blog because so far, Year Abroad is great.