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Follow the Bouncing Dan

So my travel plans for the next five weeks are starting to come together. From October 29 to December 4, I plan to fly 26,600 miles on 15 flights between 10 airports in 5 countries on 3 continents, pick up 2 more visas and perhaps a half-dozen more stamps on my passport, take 2 short and 2 overnight bus rides and 4 train rides, spend 7 days visiting friends and 11 visiting family, and 11 days at the U.N. Climate Change Conference. :)
I can't understand why you all don't perceive this as normative...

Thoughts on Beijing

In some ways, Beijing is what I expected.Lots of air pollution (perhaps not as bad as New Delhi, though)Stuff being built everywhereAsian people galore
But in other ways... it's a lot like home. People drive on the right - in their Audis and Buicks and Volkswagens.I can watch CNN, National Geographic, and MTV.Asian people galore
I haven't really figured out what obvious differences there are that say "We're communists." It was just as easy to go through immigration and customs as it ever was anywhere else. There may be more security/police/military on the streets than in the US, but there are fewer than there were at other conferences I've been to in other (non-communist) countries. There are plenty of big shiny places to go shopping. And so on.

I begin to think that perhaps the system of government that exists in a country doesn't always affect the daily lives of everyone there. A lot of people here in China are more "capitalist" - focused on earni…