Early tomorrow we head to Taiwan for two weeks of work, play, and - from what I've heard - fantastic food.
It will be strange to be in a primarily Mandarin-speaking environment again. Since leaving Shanghai in late 1998 I've returned to China only once, for a very brief visit (in 2001). China and I did not part on good terms (if you've lived there you might know what I mean), but long before I fell in love with Southeast Asia I was a 'China person'. Lately I've been feeling its pull.
I expect Taiwan to be nothing at all like greater China, but I see this trip as a means of easing back in - very, very slowly.
At any rate, here's a photo from our last visit to Bali, to tide you over until we resurface ... in Taipei!