Archive for June, 2009

Ring-a-ding-ding Qingdao 2

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

When Jo called Thursday night to say she couldn’t find an English-speaking guide who could take us all (the Tsingtao Brewery survivors) to Laoshan on Friday, I suddenly remembered the nice guy who’d given us each a bottle of water that morning, Bruce Ma.  Fortunately I still had his card so I gave her his […]

Ring-a-ding-ding Qingdao

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

We’ve always said we’d have liked to live in Phoenix but it’s too far from the ocean.  Ta-da!   Enter Qingdao, which immediately struck us as Phoenix-by-the-Sea – hot but not humid and similarly surrounded by jagged brown mountains.  It’s in its construction boom phase right now, with entire apartment villages shooting up everywhere, mostly sand-colored […]

Macauabunga 2

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

The dining room of the Pousada de Coloane was nearly empty at seven o’clock. That is a bit early for most people, but we prefer to eat dinner early. Seven is almost late for us! There was another diner, though we didn’t see her at first – a young Chinese woman down at the far […]

Macauabunga

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Suddenly cognizant that our time in Hong Kong will be over three weeks from this Saturday, we’ve been scurrying to do all the things we put off. Somehow when you’ve got five months it’s easy to say, well we can get to that anytime. “Anytime” is here. We’ve been putting off Macau for all sorts […]

Chengdu for a change 2

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Michael, our assistant hotel manager cum guide, took us to Jin Li street Thursday afternoon when he got off work. Jin Li is a reconstruction of an old traditional Chinese neighborhood with tile-roofed buildings, cobbled streets, and moon bridges over a stream running through it. It’s charming – despite the fact that there’s a Starbucks […]