07.11.2008 - 09.11.2008
We left Xian at the crack of dawn. I was a little spent from the previous day's activities. Chongqing was a transition city for us. We had the day to run around the city and then embark the Yangtze cruiser. I was ready for a couple of down days. We did the fast version of Chongqing, get us to the highest point of your city and let us look around to get our bearings.
see a garden or two.
Then we found a starbucks with wifi and spent the next two hours e-mailing and getting news on the election. The guy behind the counter gave me his itouch with Obama's acceptance speech on it and my friend Christine sent me a couple of links to watch. For some reason I can't get the Huffington Post in China, wonder why? :-) I felt connected again for just that moment. Watching it was exhilarating. I handed back the ipod/itouch to the guy behind the counter and off to the boat.
Down the Yangtze River we go.
We settled into our room and unpacked, we were going to be stay put for almost 5 days. We went up on deck for our safety meeting and ran into the couple from South Dakota again. The couple we had met in Xian. It's a small world. We met a nice Chinese family on the boat. We shared the dinner table with them. She and her husband were from San Francisco, and they brought her mother to see her sister in China.. One sister fled to Taiwan and the other was trapped in mainland China. They hadn't seen much of one another for many years, so the family brought them together on this cruise. One was 82 and the other was 88. The older one LOVED Dean. She enjoyed watching him eat and speak Chinese. Together they decided what was good chinese food and what wasn't. The rest of the table just followed them.
We made friends with so many people on the boat. We met two nice Danish couples. A couple of Brits and the Chinese family. The river offered amazing views and vistas. The Three Gorge Dam was huge. We were luck to see it with it's gates open and flowing. The power it generates was palpable. Here are a few pictures of the Dam and Yangtze River.
The River was extremely calming and relaxing. A lot of time for reflections and talking.
We both had time to think about where we wanted to live. We had come to the decision that it was Zhuhai. The weather, the size and location. Dean wanted Suzhou and I wanted Hangzhou but we both liked Zhuhai. Now it was time to eat drink and gorge, what's new as we traveled down the Yangtze river through the three gorges.