Friday, March 30, 2007
Up about 6:30 am we went upstairs to the lounge and early coffee. Watched the energetic ones learning Tai Chi, while we enjoyed the view and wonderful coffee with a fresh roll. By 7:30 the dining room was open for a buffet breakfast followed by lectures and/or demonstrations every hour. At breakfast Gene and Gina told a story about a grandson that always wants to do the opposite of everyone else. Once while on a trip with them he shared his philosophy with them: Expect the worst, Hope for the best and Enjoy the rest….we all thought it was a pretty wise statement for travelers.
I found the Computers and signed on to the Internet. They are using satellite services and the speed is verrrrrry slow. But I was able to read messages and send a note to my kids. But will have to wait until
This morning we had lectures on the
Small world items: Howard (from
We’ve just finished lunch; I’ve written postcards to each of the grandchildren…that’s all I’m doing on this trip…and Jim is about to go to the class on Chinese painting. This afternoon we will have a shore excursion to visit a family that has been relocated because of the Three Gorge Dam project.
The tour for the rest of the ship was of the
The living quarters are on the second and third floors. Very nice bedrooms and sitting rooms, actually the whole structure was much larger than we’d expected. The two bathrooms had squat toilets, and one had an open shower plus the washing machine. The second floor had a patio and was used to also hang the laundry. Chinese people definitely like to air dry their clothes. On the bus trip into town I saw one tree that had clothing draped on every branch. Our family had their socks draped over the cactus plants in the center of the patio. Most of the clothes are on hangers and then put on the line or wherever they find a place to put them where they will have sunshine to dry them. The weather is quite humid so it takes longer to dry things as opposed to
After we left our host family we drove into the center of town and spent half an hour walking through a very authentic bazaar. The types of food were varied and unusual for westerners. We were a main attraction and they gathered in groups to watch us and continued to say hello to us. We are known as “hello” and/or “big noses” to the Chinese. At the end of the tour of the bazaar we found a small store that had a freezer and many of us enjoyed an ice cream bar snack. It was a challenge to make them understand what we were looking for until Jo arrived and talked with them. She told the clerk that “it’s ok if you charges us one Yuan more than usual but just tell us how much!” All said in a very firm and authoritative voice. It definitely helps to have a guide with you in
Our evening back at the boat consisted of getting batteries charged; dressing up a bit…none of us brought very dressy clothes…for the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Party before dinner. They also sang happy birthday and happy anniversary to those that are celebrating; we had Betty and Howard’s anniversary and Betty, Birgette and Barney’s birthdays. After dinner I headed to bed as I have apparently, along with several others, caught the cold virus from our orphans. Jim attended the Chinese fashion show which was very nice and then also hit the hay instead of joining the Karaoke singing.
I did manage to sign on to the Internet twice during the day. To say it was slow was an understatement….it took me an hour once to send one short message; but nice to have the opportunity to read emails.