11 May 2016 Wednesday Hangzhou, China

11 May 2016 Wednesday HANGZHOU Alibaba and Jack Ma are famous not just in China, but throughout the world. And I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the Alibaba campus today, that is, the camps on the south side of the Quintang River. It was large,I thought, but...

10 May 2016 Tuesday Hangzhou China

10 May 2016 Monday  HANGZHOU Aizezi picked me up at nine this morning , and off we went to see Ancient Street. We took the boat that runs on the East Canal from the center of town for a ride of about an hour to reach the East Canal”s end, from where we could...

9 May 2016 Monday Hangzhou, China

9 May 2016 Monday  HANGZHOU The rain spat a bit but waited util we were all back at our respective home nests before it came gently, early in the evening. Still, it was a very dark day. Gray light can make good photographs, but this was very gray. At nine...

8 May 2016 Sunday Hangzhou, China

8 May 2016  Sunday  HANGZHOU Today was the day for my presentation of 160 or so slides that have been the focus of my life for these past many months, as I have been exploring the vagaries of Photoshop and learning what is possible when photos are muddy and faded and...

7 May 2016 Saturday Hangzhou, China

7 May 2016 Friday Hangzhou The rain came. I looked out after pre-dawn computer grind, and everything was a soft glowing wet gray-green, the reflecting pool glimmering and agitated, the tree trunks etched black with the wetness against the lacy greenery of the oaks,...

6 May 2016 Friday Hangzhou, China

6 May 2016 Friday   Hangzhou, China So it did not rain after all. All day, beautiful and sunny and not that hot as far as I was concerned. I was inside in this perfectly controlled manmade climate of beautiful space and high ceilings. Coming down in the early morning ...

5 May 2016 Thursday Hangzhou, China

5 May 2016 Thursday    Hangzhou, China An interesting day. I was up early and working and then hungry by seven, but nothing was open except a convenience store. I wanted an apple, but all that was available were nori-wrapped rice rolls filled with some kind of...

4 May 2016 Wednesday Shanghai, China

4 May 2016  Wednesday  12:35 am   Shanghai, China But it is really Wednesday, Or maybe it’s not. Maybe it’s Monday-Tuesday – since I lost a day coming here from Ashland – ii’s all a blur. The flight was fine; the food was terrible. the...
14 November 2015 Saturday  上海 Shanghai to San Francisco Nonstop

14 November 2015 Saturday 上海 Shanghai to San Francisco Nonstop

Saturday  14 November 2015 How much can one learn about China in a two-week visit? A lot and not enough.  Mandarin is a forceful language. Speaking it requires full use of the entire mouth and the throat. The language, like the architecture, grows out of the fullness...
13 November 2015 Friday    Taxis & Buses

13 November 2015 Friday Taxis & Buses

上海 SHANGHAI Friday  13 November 2015 When you get off the long distance bus and step into a puddle with your white shoes and are standing in the rain without your umbrella because you cannot get it because it is still in the luggage compartment of the long distance...