Finally, I am ready to wrap up talking about this trip!! Only took me a month :). It’s taken me a long time to get through, I know, but I’m glad I got to jot down all the little details of our vacation. It really was an awesome trip, and one that we’re so glad we took. I tried to be honest about some of the drawbacks we faced in addition to the great stuff to give a more honest description of our impressions of northwestern Yunnan province. In doing so I hope I didn’t make our trip sound anything short of amazing. I got some rather sympathetic comments (which I appreciated!) so I just want to clarify that even when we were stranded, sick, or freezing cold, we were glad to be there! Especially since the next couple of years are so up in the air. With our visas expiring pretty much the day our contracts end, we face the possibility of not getting a lot of time to travel around China unless we want to fly out, get new $120/each visas and start all over. Maybe we will, maybe we won’t, but it makes it all the more important that we use our time off to explore all kinds of different places in China. We don’t know if we’ll get another chance! I’m glad we were able to get a glimpse of this area.