I'm feeling so excited about my upcoming trip! I've got the carnet sent in (of course someone after the fact caused me to change one peice of gear for another but it won't _really_ matter... I hope) and most of the gear packed. I'm reading manuals for a few of the new technologies I'm bringing and now I'm (finally) starting to think about the language. They speak Mandarin, although their own dialect of it. Basically what this means is that I've got zero chance of surviving without a translator holding my hand. Still, good fun to try.