Kuwait to Switzerland On Wheels

October 18th, 2009

July 20, 1980

Holiday Inn of Aqaba

Aqaba

Jordan

Dear Auntie & Uncle,

Departure

1Kuwait was still asleep when we set out on our long journey back to Europe on Thursday, July 17th, 1980 at 03.30 a.m. In a way I felt very, very sad to leave the host country that was our home for the past nine years. The place also had a sentimental touch, since it was here that our daughter, Marinette, was born. (more…)

A Journey to the Roof of the World

May 30th, 2008

Day 1 While waiting for the flight to Chengdu, Walter and I met our fellow travelers at the airport – 10 Americans and 16 Germans. We were the only two Swiss. Our tour leader’s a young Chinese, called Ma, which means Pony in English.
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From Guangzhou to Guilin

May 29th, 2008

a2-guillin2002_1130_131901aaaMention Guangzhou and one conjures up an image of a fast pace of life in a city where people are busy with business all the time. Since Guangdong is the cutting edge of the China’s reform, its capital city, Guangzhou, is a beehive of activities – with people always rushing somewhere. “Time is precious and even gold cannot buy time” is a popular Cantonese saying. As a result, the citizens of this province are richer and have money to spend and eat out more than elsewhere. It’s therefore no wonder that Guangzhou abounds with restaurants and teahouses. People here have a custom of drinking tea with dim sum in their leisure time or at business meetings.

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Yixing – The Pottery Capital of Jiangsu

May 29th, 2008

a1dscf0019The first time I visited Yixing was in 1997. At that time Walter and I were still living in Shanghai. Being in charge of a large company, though very challenging and fulfilling, doesn’t leave a lot of time for the man in your life to do anything else but work. One or two rounds of golf at weekends constitute the essence of our free time. As far as my husband is concerned, visiting places within a short driving distance applies to someone else.

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Have You Been to Yangzhou?

May 26th, 2008

Street scene in YangzhouWhen H.E. Mr. Hui Liangyu, the Secretary of the Jiangsu Communist Party of China, kindly asked me the above question, I was reminded once again of how ignorant I still am of China. Although we have been living here for more than five years and have been to a number of places, my knowledge of the country leaves a lot to be desired. It dawns on me for the umpteenth time that no matter how long I have been in this vast and interesting land, I will never dare to claim myself an “old China hand”.

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DAZU and the Chang jiang

May 25th, 2008

Dazu (Big foot) GrottoHaving arrived in the thirty two million city of Chongqing two days before boarding “Princess Jeannie”, we decided to make a day’s excursion to Dazu, which lies between Chongqing and Chengdu. Since the Chengyu expressway does not lead directly to Dazu, we had to travel on the small and winding road so it took more than two hours to cover a distance of 168 km. Dazu (meaning big foot) is famous for its stone carvings. Despite their age, the carvings are in a good state of repair due, in part, to an ingenious system of internal drainage and their relative isolation. UNESCO declared it world cultural heritage site in 1999.
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