Jill had a few days off so we decided to get over to Macau. It’s about an hour long ferry ride from Shenzhen. Macau is split in two. There is the peninsula bordering China and an island next to it connected by a couple bridges. Macau is the most densely populated place in the world because it is so small. It is also one of the most wealthy places in the world because it is the only place in all of China where gambling is legal.… Read the rest
Jill and I went to Hong Kong yesterday after 2 moths in Shenzhen. Actually it was 2 days ago. Oddly I found familiar places there. Like the skyway we used to get to the History museum and the restaurants we ate at. We were last there 2 months ago and the place made such an impression.
It felt really good to be able to go back.… Read the rest
Another big city, Kuala Lumpur. What’s the point any more. We landed with few expectations after our grand tour of southern Vietnam. Jill booked a hotel room for six days online from Saigon. When we arrived at our little Chinatown address we discovered a tiny room with no windows. After haggling and giving up on a better room we settled into our short term home.… Read the rest
We went to the New Year’s Fireworks in Brisbane last night. I feel as if I need some resolutions or reflections now. Last night as the fireworks flew, the crowd around us cheered and I felt like an outsider. Their excited joy didn’t infect me. We watched the movie Divergent to keep from falling asleep yesterday evening. Neither of us had seen it but Jill read the books a couple years ago.… Read the rest
I awoke in the middle of the night yesterday. Jill was curled into a tight ball beside me and I realized I was chilled. We had fallen asleep under the sheet because the humidity makes blankets unbearable. As the night proceeded, like an oven during dessert the house cooled. I reached down and dragged the blanket back from the foot of the bed.… Read the rest
Jill and I moved from Surry Hills in Sydney to the suburb of Abbotsford today. We were in a dingy hotel and now we found a tranquil airbnb. We flew here from Adelaide on the 21st of November. Sydney lives up to its reputation and then some. We have been walking all over the city in bright sunshine. we saw the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and the Sydney Observatory.… Read the rest
Greetings from South Australia! Jill and I arrived about 21 hours ago. We had no luck finding couches so I booked a hostel before we left Melbourne. We spent Monday on a bus. It started out alright. We watched a movie called Railway Man. It is about a man coping with his past experience in WW2. After the movie we still had a lot more hours to go.… Read the rest
It’s Thursday in Ocean Grove. It’s been raining since last night. Ocean Grove is on the coast just west of the inlet to Melbourne harbor. Yesterday was rather delightful. Jill and I walked to the beach and followed it to town. The water is gorgeously blue and green in the sunlight. The beach is wide and sandy. We found a few shells Ive never seen before.… Read the rest
We made it to Portland last night. It’s feels like years since Sacramento. Jill and I spent ten days apart at the same meditation camp. There was no speaking or interaction allowed between the men and the women or with anyone for that matter. I think I am still pondering what I got out of it. Jill wrote all about her experience.… Read the rest
We rolled into Flagstaff to a Taco Tuesday party at Martine’s house. We found Lucia and Penelope already there visiting for soccer camp. Exciting to see cousins and their kin after too long absent.