It's taken me several days to figure out my way around the "great firewall of China" (as it's called in the blogging and internet world) to be able to post this. I don't know if I'll be able to consistently access my blog, in part, because I'm not exactly sure how I finally got in (broke in?) to begin with. It's a learning process, and I'm a novice at navigating censored or blocked sites.
It seems all blogspot and wordpress sites are blocked to users in China, unless you have an additional anonymous server, which is how I finally figured out a way to login (with help from friends in the states who were able to get online and do some research). I can view my blog, and other blocked blogs, but it took me some time to find a way to get to the dashboard to post this, and I'm not confident I'll be able to get back. Consider this a test--of the system and my skills.
Hopefully I'll be up and on my way soon. Today I intend to purchase an iron. Until then (and for the past few days) I've been making little felt people to give to children I meet along the way in this beautiful country.
Some of the bells and whistles are different (for instance, there's no "view all" record of previous labels to use for posts, so I'll have to recreate them) so please bear with me.
More soon! I hope!