The skyline and streetscape of Macau is an intriguing mix of old buildings far past their glory days, laundry hanging from their balconies and paint peeling from their facades and shiny new creations with brilliant lights racing across their slick fronts and towers reaching to the sky. The streets are narrow and packed and when we arrive at the Macau airport, bustling feels like an understatement. It is a strange time to be traveling internationally. I have known many Asian tourists to wear masks even without a health advisory, but with swine flu on the rampage, the airport looked post-apocalyptic. I was happy to leave the shuffle and head for the ferry to whisk me off to Macau.

jennyb150Jenny Block is the author of "Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage" (Seal Hardcover, June 2008 and Seal Paperback, March 2009), which has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. She writes a weekly column for the Dallas Morning News publication Quick called "Sex Talk with Jenny Block" ( Jenny holds both her BA and her MA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and taught college composition for nearly ten years. She writes for a wide variety of publications and websites, including,, American Way, Veranda, the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Voice,,, Spirit,, and