Notes

A FEW NOTES: Dumplings are delicious for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The older and shorter a Chinese woman is, the harder she will shove you out of her way. This theory includes, but is not limited to, old women in wheelchairs. Every Chinese city is the “Best” at something. As are Chinese museums, roads, trains …

Arrive

We landed in Beijing at 7:00 on Friday night, and even though I had sent the budget tour company the wrong arrival time, our guide met us anyway, a tiny young woman in the shouting airport throng, wearing a bright red hat and scarf and smiling a smile that took up most of her face. She …

Abundance

Banos, Ecuador Monday, January 19, 2015   Maybe the Galapagos would be better off if we all just left it alone.   I can't get around the irony of hundreds of thousands of people paying a bunch of money to come to a place that is special because it is "untouched", and then touching it …

Keeping Up Appearances

Fernandina, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Tuesday, January 13, 2015       We're on a National Geographic/Sven Linblad boat called the "Islander" cruising through the Galapagos Islands.   I would like to see an albatross, though we probably won’t get far enough south. I'm reading a book called "The Lifeboat" in which a Titanic-like boat sinks, leaving …