Well, the new look for this month reflects our upcoming
trip. I can't believe that in just a little over a week we will be flying off to
Shanghai. Time to try to clear spaces away for Ashley, change the sheets on the bed,
lay in a supply of treats, and try to let Polly know that Ashley won't eat her and that I will
be home again eventually!
We are so fortunate that Ashley is willing to
come, bring her own dogs, and live in our house while we are away. It solves the
problem of finding a kennel for 3 dogs and it keeps the house occupied while we're gone.
It's the best of all possible worlds. And we try to treat Ashley well too!
I so enjoyed keeping a journal of our Russia trip, but
things will be different this time. I have been told that there is no wifi on the ship and
the only internet access will be on the ship's computers, which apparently move at the
speed of dial-up. But we are only on the river five days and there is supposed to be
wifi available when we are in hotels. So I am going to write journal entries every
day, so that I will have a good record for me, but I may wait to post them until we are on
land, so there may be several entries posted at once and days will pass with no entries.
Or I could get lucky and discover that if I have a flash drive I can post them on
the ship's computers. I'll have to wait and see.
China has so many restrictions (you can't get Facebook or
Google in China, I understand), that it may be that I won't be able to post the story of
the trip until we get back home again. We'll all just have to be surprised, won't
But in case you're interested, here is our itinerary as we
know it now....
Lv. SFO 1:30 am <-- Note that is AM!!!
Change planes in Hong Kong. Ar. Shanghai 10:30 am,
Old Shanghai & Yuyan Garden tour in am; silk
carpet workshop & Shanghai Museum in afternoon; acrobat show in evening.
Fly to Wuhan in am; museum & bells performance
in afternoon; board ship.
Cruising; school visit in Yueyang in am; welcome
reception in evening.
Cruising; Three Gorges Dam Tour in afternoon;
cruising through locks in evening.
Cruising; Lesser Three Gorges tour in small boat;
cruising overnight to Shiboazhai.
Shiboashai Pagoda tour in am; cruising the rest of
Visit Chongqing zoo in am (SEE PANDAS!); fly to
Xian after lunch; optional dinner show in evening.
Terra Cotta Army in am; fly to Beijing after
Great Wall tour in am; Ming Tombs after lunch;
optional Peking duck dinner and Peking Opera in evening.
Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City in am; Summer
Palace tour after lunch; some free time in afternoon.
Fly to Guilin
Li River cruise in am; walking tour of Yangshuo
village after lunch; fly to Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Island tour in am; free time the rest of
Free time in Hong Kong.
Lv. Hong Kong 2:05 pm; Ar. SFO 11:35 am
We will only be on the Viking Emerald for five days, which I'm sad about, since it
was so nice to load our stuff into the ship in Russia and then not to have to pack again
until the end of the cruise. But the trade off is that all of our hotels are
supposedly 4 star hotels, and reports about the hotels from people who have already done
this cruise are glowing.
I'm starting to get excited.
Additions to the royal urinary habits discussion from yesterday:
John S Fitzgerald: The British motto of a "stiff upper
lip" must apply to their toiletry habits as well...never show emotion and never need
Linda Courtemanche: I kept thinking that if it were me up at that altar,
I'd be saying, "Dad. I have to go. No, I really have to GO! NOW!!" :-)
Miriam H. Nadel: Oh, come now. Surely you remember the folk tale of the
Princess and the pee.
Marte Brengle: You know how they took the wedding party aside after the
ceremony? It wasn't just to sign the paperwork. :)
PHOTO OF THE DAY
(I couldn't resist sending this card to Cindy today!)