It’s Never Good Bye

Since Hong Kong is considered international travel leaving Beijing means leaving Ivy. Tonight, to celebrate a fabulous trip we had a farewell dinner with our Tour Manager, Ivy or her Chinese name, Sha Sha. What a special person she is, and what a special tour has been. Russell and I have always talked about coming…

We had a beautiful blue sky day in Beijing on our first day! It is likely we benefited from the recent Communist Party meeting that was held here this week, which only happens every five years. Today are cute guide, Ivy told us about the AIPAC Conference Beijing hosted a few years ago and Beijing’s…

Pros and Cons of Group Travel

Yesterday we travelled with our tour group to Suzhou, a city outside Shanghai. With traffic, of which there is a lot, it took about 2 hours via our bus to get there and a little longer to get home. I thought recounting this experience would be a good way to share the pros and cons…

Shanghai Street Food Tour 

Last night Russell and our friends and travel companions, Stephanie and Bruce (pictured above) had dinner with a group of expats – teachers for the English speaking International School in Shanghai. This fun group of 6 included a couple from Ireland, two single women one from from Great Britain and one from Ireland and a…

AND THE YEARS FLY BY…

  BIRTHDAY PARTY Last night we celebrated Russell’s 60th birthday with our children. It’s crazy to imagine Russell is turning sixty. I still remember that young, eager, somewhat rough around the edges 25 year old law student with whom I fell in love. I was very young too – just a rising sophomore in college,…

Advent – You Know that Thing Before Christmas

I love this season. As a kid and even a young mother October 1 marked the beginning of t he build up to Halloween followed by the build up to Thanksgiving and then we could finally start talking about Christmas. I wrote about my love for Fall in a recent blog. What I have noticed,…

For Better For Worse

This week Russell and I attended a couple of events celebrating marriage. The first was the wedding of a sweet young couple, Alex and Stephen. A few days later we attended a vowel renewal for one of my good friends from work, Misha and her husband, Rod in honor of their 10th anniversary. It was…

It’s a Girl!

This week I met the most adorable little girl. She is all of five pound two ounces, and she has only been in this world for just a couple of days. She has already stolen my heart though. Who knew such a little package could cause such overwhelming emotion? Her name is Vivi and she…

Waiting for Surprises

I have never been good at waiting. I am that person who turns to the last few pages of a novel to see how things end even though I have barely read the first chapter.  It is a really silly thing to do actually because after just starting a book skipping to the end usually…

A Little Halloween

I have heard it is fall. I have seen photos posted on Facebook by friends showing the leaves changing colors in other parts of the country. I have heard rumors there is a general election coming up, which is another sure sign that fall is here. Walking through Target I see the black cat and…