An indelible impression

We returned to Toronto five days ago and are still feeling the effects of jet lag, and of the trip. Our Beijing guide, Babbitt, was kind enough to send a note asking how we’re doing. The people connections we made through design or circumstance are the best part...

Beijing dogs

This is a short blog about Chinese dogs written partly because I am a dog fancier.  What I had heard mostly about Chinese dogs from Canada is that they were considered delicious, so I didn’t expect to see any. Like most stereotypes that was nonsense, of course.  In...

Things for the new leadership to consider

It’s the middle of our last night and I can’t sleep. I might not post this come morning when there’s light, but for now, a few complaints to the Central Party Congress now meeting in Beijing. * Some Chinese toilets are dreadful. The women’s are usually squat toilets,...

Disco and dumplings

  The Chinese elderly are the most vibrant seniors I have ever seen, although our guide Babbitt pointed out that I am only seeing the vibrant ones. They participate in morning exercise and evening exercise in the parks of Beijing and Shanghai in several ways: Tai...

Waffles in hoisin sauce

It’s our last full day in Shanghai today (a Sunday) and we’re going to spend it going into town and seeing the Shanghai Museum. We’ve had three weeks of a high technology campus, canteen Chinese food (not bad) and occasional forays into Byron Beans,...
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