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China: Reflections on the Great Divide

After nearly two months in China, Sasha and I have holed up in a hotel in Katmandu, Nepal where we’re taking advantage of some unfettered access to the Internet to catch up on the blog and wait for Sasha’s sister to arrive. We’ve gotten more questions about China and what it’s like from friends and family than any other place we’ve visited. We’re still soaking in everything we learned from China — some good,... Read More

Beijing “Cirque du Soleil”

We ventured to the Chinese acrobatic show on one of our last nights in Beijing. They could easily be recruited for Cirque du Soleil — seven women on a bicycle is always impressive. A bicycle made for seven.  Read More

Working-Out In Beijing’s Olympic Park

Josh and I made a quick visit to the Olympic Park one night. To get there we took the Subway which we used to get everywhere in Beijing and tickets are just 2 RMB (25 cents) a ticket. Bonus. There are actually two stations on Line 8 that you can alight at for the Olympic Park. Not being sure which one was best we took our cue from all the Chinese passengers to get off en masse at Olympic Green Subway Station. We followed like sheep and were not disappointed... Read More

The Cost of Admission Used to be Death

The Forbidden City is a place I’ve wanted to go ever since I was a kid.  The day finally arrived and it did not disappoint. We were blessed with good weather. In Beijing that means all the pollution is blown somewhere else (like California). It also means the sky was blue. Go figure. We woke up at 4:30 am to make our way to see the 6:00 am flag raising ceremony. There was goose-stepping under the huge portrait of Mao. Satisfied, we sought... Read More

The Temple of Heaven

In a city of 22 million people a site of interest that promises even a little tranquility rises even higher on the “must do” list. And that’s where the Temple of Heaven comes in. This is what "not crowded" looks like in China! Upon entering the temple complex, which is said to be the biggest on China, it’s easy to feel like you’ve gotten away from the hustle and bustle of the city. But I don’t mean it... Read More

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