Silk Factory Fiasco

Our guide was “required” to help us boost the Chinese economy by making sure we had a daily “factory” included in our tour. Our first day’s stop was to see how silk was made. We were shown the stages of a silk worm’s life, the intricate unwinding of the cocoons, and...

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is one huge maze of look-alike buildings with no trees, no grass, nothing of nature to distract the intention of focusing on the emperor being the Son of God. That’s how Peter explained it. Until 1911, the end of the dynasties, no one but the...

Tiananmen Square

I was 35 in June, 1989, when military tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square to quell the “student protests” of the Chinese government. Walking into the Square, my stomach felt as uneasy and unsettled as when I watched the news a full 26 years ago. This was the only...

Off to China!

Part of the reason Miriam and I didn’t go to Asia any earlier in the year, (when it would have been a bit cooler) was because we waited for Don and Chris to be out of school for the summer. That way, all four of us could take the tour to China together. So we arrived...

Korean Wedding Crashers

I’m not sure what I “expected” Don told us he’d arranged for us to attend the wedding of one of his Korean teacher colleagues at the International School, but whatever I thought it would be like was wrong! First off, it wasn’t held in a temple, shrine, church or other...
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