Beijing 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008

I have returned from my Educational/Cultural exchange trip to China. Our group was able to visit four new schools in rural China along the Yangtze River and raise funds that will directly go to students for supplies and programs. Yeah!

China proved to be a beautiful engrossing country filled with warm and genuinely friendly people. The dragon has definitely awoken as they prepare for their August Olympic debut.

And on a personal note, I worked with a Tai Chi Master and passed a test and received a certificate of completion for the first 6 movements. And my hubby met Condoleezza Rice in our hotel lobby, where he went for a cold beer, as we were staying at the same hotel in Beijing. She was there for photos at the quake site.

Anyway, it's good to be home after traveling so far away. I missed my own kids and my kitties and my house, but I made new friends that made the journey worthwhile. I won't forget them and plan on returning one day.

08/08/08 at 8:08 watch them!


Thursday, July 3, 2008 7:36 PM


Apparently big white guys on their own are the primary targets.

guys traveling on their own are always primary targets, except for Vegas where I've seen them pass flyers to all inclusive family members ...only in Vegas!

Thursday, July 3, 2008 2:49 PM


-By the way, prostitution is profoundly illegal here-

Really, my father came back from China a few months ago and he was hit on several times by prostitutes. Apparently big white guys on their own are the primary targets.

Glad you had a fun time though, I'd love to go see China.

Thursday, July 3, 2008 6:37 AM


Actually we spent 3 days at the Gorges and toured the Dam. It is in incredible feat of engineering.

And, unfortunately, my Mandarin isn't very good, but everyone seems to want to try their hand at English, so it wasn't necessary, and I was bashfully off the hook. Although, one of my travel companions who is originally from China explained what bao is.

By the way, prostitution is profoundly illegal here, and supposedly the government comes down hard on any child exploitation, so if foreigners are looking for that kind of thing, they won’t find it there. We did come across one red light district, but it small and discreet and the girls looked old and worn out! lol

I searched and searched for Serenity evidence as a few of my students here (they’ve become as obsessive as I am) asked me to buy them pendants, but to no avail I couldn't find anything?

Thursday, July 3, 2008 5:57 AM


wow - that's really something...
(aka i'm so gorram jealous!)

Thanks for the report:)

Thursday, July 3, 2008 5:04 AM


That's awesome. I'd love to see China, especially along the Yangtze. I hope you got to see the Three Gorges dam - it sounds like quite an undertaking.

Good work the Tai Chi, and even better work with the schools!

Thursday, July 3, 2008 4:29 AM


I'm glad you had a good trip. It's nice to hear about the "real" country instead of all the political stuff we hear about China. Basically, people are people and most are just trying to live their lives.

But here are the important questions: Did you call anyone mei mei? Or attempt any kind of Firefly Chinese?


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