...we'll be onboard a Boeing 767, somewhere over the Pacific. A few hours later, we'll touch down in Beijing.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Who are we? In all likelihood, you know exactly who we are, but I'll flatter myself in thinking that random strangers might actually stumble upon this blog. So just in case...
My name is James Frey. I'm the one with the bad hair. My wife, Jessica, is the cute blond next to me. Our boys, Ari (cheesy grin) and Jude (distracted by something other than the camera), are aged 3 and 1, respectively. One final demographic note is that our last name, Frey, rhymes with eye. Think fry as in fish, not fray as in rope. (Sorry, maybe I'm just touchy about this subject...)
I could go into a lot of detail about what we'll be doing in China, but I won't for two reasons. First, I'd be blowing all my material for later postings. Second, I'd probably look like a real idiot in retrospect, because inevitably nothing will play out just as we think it will, and I'd have to fill this blog with all sorts of retractions and amendments. So for now, let's just keep it simple: we're going to Beijing.
Thanks to the incredible hard work of our friends in Beijing, we have an apartment all lined up for us already. It's quite a bit nicer than we were expecting. Three bedrooms, one of which will serve as an office most of the time, and a guest room for when people visit. That's you, dear reader... even if you are a total stranger! (Once more flattering myself with imaginary readers.)
Something you will definitely find on this blog in the future are pictures. This, of course, is no hardship, as it's always fun to share strange and new sights with people. But this will also be a way of satisfying the grandparental demand for a steady stream of photos of the boys... We'll also be sure to put up pictures of our neighbourhood! Maybe even a shot of me snacking on deep-fried scorpions!
But for now, I'll end here. More to come...