Guest Blog! Guest Blog!

(Ed. note: Our first guest blog. As regular readers of our blog will know, Barb B. [last name omitted to protect the guilty] and Michael Wurtz recently visited us. These are Barb’s comments and photos. It was our very distinct pleasure to host the two of you.)

It is 4 am on Easter Monday as I write this for The Jiaxing Express blog.  I am still adjusting to jet lag after returning from the time of my life in China.  Terry and Geoff made it so easy for Michael (a good friend I met backpacking in Europe in 1985) and I to capture the essence of their life in Jiaxing, the sights of Shanghai and our journey south to Guilin.  Their insight, hospitality and friendship while we were there will always (Ed. note: redundancy. tsk, tsk) be forever appreciated.  I took over 700 pictures and would like to share just a few of them with you.  Thanks Terry and Geoff from the bottom of my heart….Barb XO

Nothing but good times with Terry and Geoff

Nothing but good times with Terry and Geoff (Ed. note: I clearly ate and drank too much while you were here!)

2.Terry’s private biffy at her school… note the one to the right that the students have to use

Terry’s private biffy at her school… note the one to the right that the students have to use

3.We were honoured to have dinner at their favourite Thai restaurant (Krabi) with John Simpson

We were honoured to have dinner at their favourite Thai restaurant (Krabi) with John Simpson

4.Geoff always led the way and never once got us lost…just wonder if he knows he has a plant growing out of his backpack?

Geoff always led the way and never once got us lost…just wonder if he knows he has a plant growing out of his backpack?

Geoff helping with the negotiating to buy me some reading glasses

Geoff helping with the negotiating to buy me some reading glasses

Not bad for five bucks…we were both pleased

Not bad for five bucks…we were both pleased

Man rests, while woman does the work (as it should be?)

Man rests, while woman does the work (Ed. note: as it should be?)

No different than Canada…text, text, and then text some more

No different than Canada…text, text, and then text some more

Szechuan dish, so hot we left most of it behind

Szechuan dish, so hot we left most of it behind

Terry was considering this outfit for Geoff…lol!

Terry was considering this outfit for Geoff…lol! (Ed. note: I like it!)

Just one of the many sights in Jiaxing

Just one of the many sights in Jiaxing

This blazer was made for Terry

This blazer was made for Terry (Ed. note: not literally)

Note rule # 1 – I guess that is why Geoff and Terry escorted Michael and I to this park where parents seek a husband or wife for their children

Note rule # 1 – I guess that is why Geoff and Terry escorted Michael and I to this park where parents seek a husband or wife for their children

The old and the new in China

The old and the new in China

Chicken doesn’t come any fresher than this

Chicken doesn’t come any fresher than this

View of Pudong in Shanghai

View of Pudong in Shanghai

Are we happy or what? (Ed. note: Pudong at night)

Are we happy or what? (Ed. note: Pudong at night. Maybe a few too many pops?)

Longjji Rice terraces…we hiked up 1100 meters through a minority mountain village…spectacular

Longjji Rice terraces…we hiked up 1100 meters through a minority mountain village…spectacular

Just one sight along the Li River (Ed. note: Apparently, it really is all about Barb)

Just one sight along the Li River (Ed. note: Apparently, it really is all about Barb)

Mary Poppins (Michael) on our Li River Tour

Michael Mary Poppins on our Li River Tour

The Pagoda’s at Swan Lake in Guilin

The Pagodas at Swan Lake in Guilin

100 floors up in the Shanghai World Financial Center

100 floors up in the Shanghai World Financial Center

 

 

 

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