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There were also ponds of lotus growing. Yams. Corn. Shrimp farms. Crayfish. Really beautiful country. We were so glad that our Yangtze River plans were disrupted and we were able to experience the rural life of the Chinese people.
And then, we drove into Wuhan - what a landscape. High rise buildings literally everywhere you look. Amazing. Makes us want to hide up in our little house by the lake . . . :-). ...
... figured out - they are pretty technological! :-). Laura was watching CNBC this morning and they were mentioning that this is the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square. They began their interview and all of a sudden the screen went blank . . Nothing more . Interesting . . . Apparently, we will sail past the spot where the Chinese tourist boat went down . . But Arnold says that this will happen in the dark and ...
... ship but holding 450 or so people! They sleep 8 to 10 in a room in bunk beds . . Yikes! Everyone was worried about this at breakfast and trying to get word home is not so easy from the Yangtze River . . . :-)
This afternoon, we will get off this ship and go for a visit to the Shibaozhai Temple. Also known as the Precious Stone Fortress. This place is supposedly very beautiful and very tranquil - and it's steeped in ...
... China). Conversation was lively and the wine flowed. That tiredness seemed to disappear once at the two tables. The greatest most touching surprise was when a cake was brought out for the two anniversaries we had in the group. Both were moved by the effort. The chef was standing by anxiously waiting to present the cake. When he did, the two couples were overjoyed by the cake and cutting it. At the end of the dinner, I asked if the chef ...
... of our sentences going up!! She tends to speak the Queen's English so I assumed she was going to be a fellow passenger to avoid. But remarkably we have really enjoyed each other's company and I think we have even left a good impression on her to change her perception of the stereotypical Aussie that she has formed!! Mind you Phil loves to subject her to his usual brand of humour, something she has really relished and gives straight back to him. This afternoon we both had ...