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We made it safely back to the U.S. this afternoon.  We’ve been sporadically catnapping since yesterday morning (Korea time) and are now feeling the jetlag.  I went through another bout of severe chills brought on by overheating during a long haul flight.  It’s a strange and terrible feeling being on a trans-Pacific or trans-Atlantic flight, 35,000 feet up, with mild turbulence, seven or eight hours into a flight, the cabin darkened to allow passengers to sleep, feeling very ill, sweating profusely, and shaking visibility from the cold sensation you get from overheating and poor cabin circulation.  My wife said I looked deathly pale during the bout.  Fortunately, I recovered by the end of the flight after drinking some water and eating a bit of food.  This attack was not as bad as some, but it was still very discomforting. 
 
We’re doing our best to turn our days and nights around so we can quickly adjust to the time difference (-16 hours).  It feels great to be back in the U.S. for the first time since February 2005.  The first things I noticed were the fresh air and blue skies.  I’d almost forgotten the sensation of breathing in clean, fresh air and crystal clear blue skies, a far cry from the pollution and yellow sand in East Asia.  I also enjoyed tasting good water that didn’t need to be thrice filtered.  Or taking in the snow-capped mountains, evergreen trees, and deep blue lakes and rives.  Some things you just can’t replicate overseas, like Disneyland or Starbucks.  I really missed the environs of the Pacific Northwest.  While we could have spent our R&R in Australia, I’m glad we came home.  To me, there’s no better place on Earth than the Pacific Northwest. 
 

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his wife Jing and son Alex. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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4 Comments

  1. Angeline's Gravatar Angeline
    May 5, 2006    

    Hi Mike & Family,
    Enjoy.  Home sweet home! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!
    Angeline

  2. evencastles's Gravatar evencastles
    May 6, 2006    

    Greetings from Shanghai.

  3. quemino's world's Gravatar quemino's world
    May 8, 2006    

    Hey, Welcome back! Let me know if you guys have time to meet up while you’re in town.

  4. Bob's Gravatar Bob
    May 9, 2006    

    Hey Mike – I’ve never been to the Pacific northwest or to Montana.  How about some pictures?

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