Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Shock and Awe




We are all okay - we've been on a cruise ship on the Yangtze River for five days, with no internet access - more about that later.

We have seen more people in the last week than we've seen in our lifetime. Last day in Shanghai, we went to an old people's activity center, where they had a fashion show, dancing, and singing. We then went to Mr. Woo's house for lunch - it was delicious. We walked through a farmer's market, and saw lots of food (some living, some not) --some of it crawled off before we could sample it..... Barb stepped in some of it, so we're still nibbling off her soles.....

We got to experience our first typhoon at the Shanghai airport, where we were Shanghaied for four hours. When we finally got to go, the water was so deep, the staff used cases of Coca-Cola for us to step on to board the boat, er, bus to the plane. The pilot was so anxious to get the hell out of there, he taxied to the runway before everyone was seated - and he taxied at Mach 2....

We landed with a thud... he apparently turned loose of the yoke about 12 feet off the ground. We then drove through the mountains, next to sheer dropoffs, and through miles of tunnels, at midnight. Lynn keep seeing the headlines--"Tourist Bus Falls Off Cliff in China", but fortunately, it wasn't a premonition.

We boarded the ship, and crashed for the night. More about the five days that followed later...

We're now in northern China, in Xian, off to see the Terra Cotta Soldiers, and then to visit a school. Hope it has reinforced concrete.....

Thank you, Rob, for the reports, and thank you, Jenny, for the cattle roundup -

By the way, Jenny, Lynn lost her sunglasses.... yes, those sunglasses....

1 comment:

rg said...

Oh hey. Glad you wrote. Thought you were dead. I called Bill Parsons to list your house but the market is pretty soft so it's not good timing for me right now to take possession of your assets.

Truthfully, I'm super jealous of you all nearly dying from disease, dirty food, poor airmanship or night time cliff death. Dying from run away cells or an arrhythmia is so anti-climatic. I'd choose bus over cliff any day.

Hope you were able to wash your hands after you got off the bus! Terra Cotta Soldiers? Is that some sort of gay army?

RG