Wednesday, January 7, 2009


We spent New Year's in the frozen North, Harbin, Northern China about as close to Russia as you can get....about as cold as you can get too. We braved the icy conditions to see the fantastic cities of ice and world renown snow sculptures. But the best was the tiger sanctuary. Incredible!The town (8 million) has a Russian history and it was very fun. We will be happy to fly "south" tomorrow for our Southern China vacation. Click for more photos

Monday, January 5, 2009

New Year's Dumplings

It is tradition in China to have dumplings on New Year's. It is lucky and we need all the luck we can get. My students invited Terry and I to make dumplings with them on New Year's eve in their canteen. We had a great time going around to my various classes and learning the process. It is not as easy as it seems. The kids all looked like ghosts because the dumpling making turned into a "flour" war, but they had a blast. They are incredibly hospitable and we enjoy them so much! I confess we left without eating the spoils of our labor, but after watching the dough be dropped and handled we decided to go out to dinner on our way home. We had a quiet dinner together and came home to listen to the fireworks and ring in the new year and pack for our morning flight to Harbin. (dumpling album)


Christmas is a little quiet in China, but nice all the same. On Christmas Eve we tried to make our own version of chicken mezz (can't spell). It was delicious and we had a quiet evening with the neighbors. On Christmas day we had a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and caroled the evening away. Back to work the next day. No rest for the weary. (photo album)