Kunming,February 4th, 2006

New Year’s aftermath


It continues to be sunshine and warm here. In the last few days I took a few day trips to some places around Yunnan. I’ve been laying low since the New Year Holioday began. The Chinese are enjoying one of the few “official” holidays they are allowed, and so everybody goes […]

Kunming,January 29th, 2006

Chinese New Year 2006




Happy New Year! I survived MY FIRST Chinese New Year! This is something like you cannot imagine. The Chinese take their fireworks VERY seriously here. Saturday (1/28) I walked around outside my condo. Fireworks stands are everywhere. And by now the streets are completely covered with spent […]

Kunming,January 22nd, 2006

Golden Palace


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Golden Palace

Golden Palace

Golden Palace

Golden Palace […]

Kunming,January 13th, 2006

Condo workers


Everyday is a new experience here. I had some workers come in to hang a couple of Chinese lanterns on my balcony. 3 workers showed up and began to put up the lanterns. The ceiling was about 12 feet high and they had a broken 4 ft ladder. So they took my […]

Kunming,January 1st, 2006

Dinner party


Tonight, I invited my new friends to a nice dinner in Kunming. Several of them speak very good English and they are all very interesting people. They are all very nice people who have welcomed me as their new “American friend” . I hosted this dinner of about 20 courses including […]