|Grant and I experimented cutting the tops of bottles - we are not too good at it...|
|Parents arrived just in time for some decent weather, and (therefore) the first neighborhood block party of the year.|
|As one of our neighbors reminds us, living in Asia is simply no excuse for doing without a proper grill.|
|Five pagoda temple...|
|The lovely purple bamboo park...|
|Purple bamboo park, like all the parks here, is full of people practicing martial arts, dancing, playing chess, fishing, massaging feet, etc. Here is a video of a local seniors group performing everybody's favorite Chinese number, Auld Lang Syne.|
|The stunning Summer Palace.|
|A few hundred years ago, the Kunming lake was built Chinese-style (i.e. government enlists thousands of peasants to dig lake by hand).|
|View from halfway up the hill (hill was made from the dirt dug to make the lake).|
|Inside Hutong courtyard house.|
|Means of conveyance.|
|FedEx tracking info here...||
Beijing to Shanghai to Guangzhou to Paris to Stansted to Memphis, back to Stansted and finally on to Moscow.
My future life as a spy is over before it even began.