Greyhound Bus to Vancouver

This blog was born so that I could post to my friends, family and anyone else interested from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Now on the eve of 2010 Olympics, as I prepare to board an airplane for British Columbia, I find myself blogging again and reflecting on the only other time I was in Vancouver. I was 10 years old and my great uncle … Continue reading Greyhound Bus to Vancouver

Vacation in Afghanistan

One year ago I was in Beijing, China for a three month gig working at the Olympics.  In November 2008 I headed to Kampala, Uganda again to do more television production work for BeadforLife (http://beadforlife.org) then immediately after a quick trip to Delhi, India for a wedding.  No exotic destinations this summer but I’m hungry for an overseas trip.  I’m already thinking about what to do … Continue reading Vacation in Afghanistan

Economy Sucks Journal #1 12.17.08

I’m so glad we decided not to take that cruise over the holidays.  I came back from Beijing feeling a bit flush after 90 straight days of producing at the Olympics.  A Caribbean vacation sounded like a great way to spend winter break but my teenage son didn’t want to do anything that didn’t include his friends so we decided to celebrate at home.  As I … Continue reading Economy Sucks Journal #1 12.17.08

Ginger and the Great Wall

There were two places on my must see list on this journey to China and this past weekend in an Olympic sightseeing marathon I visited both.  On Saturday friends and I flew to Xian for a whirlwind day trip to see the Terra Cotta Warriors and on Sunday three of us visited the Great Wall of China.  The Terra Cotta Warriors are amazing to ponder.  … Continue reading Ginger and the Great Wall

Hen hao (very good) taxi ride

Mr. Li gets the good Olympic citizen award.  I left my new Nike sweatshirt in his taxi following a ride to the Emperor Hotel.  After a couple days of searching my Chinese colleague tracked him down and learned he had delivered the item to the hotel thinking I was a guest there.  When she told him otherwise, he retrieved it and delivered it to me at work clear across … Continue reading Hen hao (very good) taxi ride

For the love of Panda Bears

Sunday in Beijing and I feel the city is mine.  The sky is a beautiful blue (yes, it does happen) and the sun is out.  In two and a half weeks I have found a French bakery for cappuccinos, a restaurant I love called Hutong Pizza and I rode the subway.  I’m making my way through the city with confidence.  Today I decide to visit … Continue reading For the love of Panda Bears

Hot Pot of Thoughts

Brenda and I went to a restaurant with red lanterns in front that serves hot pot.  A hot pot is like sukiyaki.  It is a mish mash of meat, vegetables and noodles cooked at the table.  There was no English spoken and the menu was completely in Chinese.  For westerners there are pictures of the dishes.  We had trouble ordering so a waitress recommended something that … Continue reading Hot Pot of Thoughts

Bu Hao (Not Good) Taxi Rides

Living the expat life in Beijing requires a fair amount of getting around.  Upon arrival in the city I was given a Beijing Taxi Book.  The subtitle is “Helping Non-Chinese Speakers Get From A to B in Beijing, China.”  This is an essential resource.  Inside are locations such as restaurants, bars, hotels, shopping, embassies, Olympic venues, churches and sightseeing destinations frequented by travelers.  When one gets … Continue reading Bu Hao (Not Good) Taxi Rides