This short-term blog is intended to keep my friends and family (mostly in the U.S.) updated on my travels in China, where I will be studying Mandarin from June through the end of August. Before heading to China, I was a producer at The Wall Street Journal Online. I live in the beautiful borough of Brooklyn, making my way there via a circuitous route through Princeton, Houston, Austin and San Antonio. If for some reason you want to see more information on me, I suppose you can look at my main Web site.