China Ahead

When I set out for China on the evening of the 25th, it will not be my first trip there. Back in 2000, Carol and I celebrated our 35th anniversary on a biking and hiking trip to China with our dear friends Eli and Phyllis Segal, whose wedding we’d attended a week before our own […]


October 25-26

Okay, looked as if we were going to get off on time, but now we’re sitting on the runway because of weather, waiting to take off on the 6570-mile, 13-hour flight to Beijing. Fortunately, it turns out that this is a short delay, and we take off exactly an hour late.

I could […]

Of Bird’s Nests and Eggs

October 27

Some difficulty finding the person who was supposed to pick me up at the airport, but managed to connect after about half an hour. The 45-minute ride to the very upscale and beautiful Peninsula Hotel was traffic free, and check-in went smoothly. Able to post my first blog from China and check and […]

Something There is that Loves a Wall

October 28

Another great, and large, buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Evan arranged for me to be picked up by Mr. Zhang, Mr. Pi’s nephew. Pi had to attend a wedding, but will take me to the airport tomorrow. Evan estimated abbout an hour and a half drive to The Great Wall.

Miscommunication with Mr. […]

Group Therapy

October 29

Final breakfast at hotel, and check out.

Mr. Pi shows up on time, Evan checking twice to make sure. Friendly guy, Mr. Pi (pronounced “pea”) and able to communicate in English. Uneventful trip to airport, arriving two hours early. Long lines, and unclear which one I need to be in. Had been unsuccessful […]