Last night my son and I returned to Korea, our adopted home.  My wife had returned two days earlier than we did because she had to work on Thursday and Friday.  We will be home until next Thursday, when we head back to the United States for two-and-a-half weeks of rest and relaxation (R&R).  We plan to visit family and friends in Montana, Idaho, and Washington.  Our R&R trip will be the first real vacation I’ve taken since Christmas 2001, when my wife and I went to Egypt and Jordan for three weeks (I went to China last week on an official exchange).  Until now, I’ve been too preoccupied with my first child, school, and work.  Of course, visiting family isn’t truly a vacation–we chose to go home to visit family over Sydney, Australia, our official R&R point.  No doubt Australia would have been more of a vacation.  One of my colleagues opted for R&R in Oceania and spent two glorious weeks in Australia and New Zealand.  Visiting Down Under would have been brilliant, but I have no qualms about going home to the Pacific Northwest to visit family we haven’t seen in over a year.
We had a fabulous time in China.  I wish I had more time tonight to write a long narrative about the trip, but as you can probably tell, Dear Reader, I haven’t had much time to blog lately.  I’m home now and will recap our trip nightly until we leave on Thursday evening.  Tonight’s entry will again be short so I can focus on posting photos from our trip.  I’m sure you would much prefer seeing photos of our trip over reading about it.
For the Shutterbugs:  I posted four sets of photos from our China trip, including Thames Town, Shanghai, Xi’an, and the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, a renown World Heritage Site famous for its terra cotta warriors.  The number of Shanghai photos posted is conspicuously small, namely because it was my fourth trip to that remarkable city, and I had already visited many of the city’s most famous sites.  Maybe next time.  I posted many more photos of Xi’an, ancient capital of the Tang Dynasty.  Enjoy!

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 family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at or contact him by e-mail at or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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