This is my favorite photo of one of my favorite day trip destinations from Beijing, the village of Chuandixia. The modern world passed by this Ming Dynasty village, but in its dying days the locals decided to preserve it as a historical tourism site.
The Chinese are Coming!
During my first year in China (1984) I was an English teacher at a small teachers college in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. My students were middle school English teachers in smaller cities around the province. Many had previously been Russian teachers, but were now being re-trained as English teachers. For most of them, I was the […]
Eye of an Eagle
I have a new favorite day trip out of the Twin Cities — the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN. Here’s how they describe themselves: The National Eagle Center is a world-class interpretive center located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha, MN. We are home to five rescued eagles, four bald eagles […]
A Book for St. Patrick’s Day
If you haven’t done so already, today would be a great day to start reading How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe, by Thomas Cahill. Here’s the blurb from Amazon: The perfect St. Patrick’s Day gift, and a book […]
Friday Photo: Old and New
Spotted on the streets of Xichang, Sichuan. I loved the look of the old door with the motorcycle in front of it. It was in the old part of the city, so I was wishing that those weathered doors could talk.
The Power of a Tweet
In a follow up to yesterday’s post about the disappearing pollution documentary in China, it’s interesting to note that it was a US Embassy Twitter feed that jump-started the conversation and concern about the growing problem of air pollution in China. A recent article in Wired tells the story in a post titled How the US Embassy […]