Monthly Archives: June 2008

Remnants of a Frightened City

             In China, the country’s 24-hour earthquake coverage is over. No longer do the number of minuscule aftershocks, counting into the thousands, trot across our TV screens. There are no more Chinese reporters excitedly leading cameramen into piles of rubble, … Continue reading

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The Meng Zhui Wan Swimming Pool

                China’s cold-weather swimmers are suffering here in Chengdu.            All winter, they’ve been enjoying frigid water temperatures of  40 to 55 degrees Farenhieght.  Every day, from October to April, I’ve watched these winter swimming  friends of mine … Continue reading

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Du Fu’s Thatched Roof Cottage, Visited with Art

              I’m not very much of a tourist.             Drop me off in any Chinese city and my first order of business is where to find a 50-meter swimming pool.   Years of competitive swimming are not about to be … Continue reading

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June 1st: An Environmentally Friendly Move

              The strong tremor this morning caught all of us by surprise.              After several days of very little “felt” ground activity, the rumble at around 11:30 will most likely be yet another excuse to keep our Chengdu tent … Continue reading

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