October 2006

In October, Barry was returning to China for another work-related trip and Rita took the opportunity to go along for a personal adventure. They spent five days in Guangzhou, China; then made stops in Hong Kong, Macau, and Saigon, Vietnam.

Tea in Guangzhou

In Guangzhou, we had a very full schedule of business events for Barry and our other travel partners from Lake Superior College. We stayed on the campus of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. Rita tagged along for most of Barry’s business meetings and was treated royally by our hosts. Our last full day was actually spent in Foshan touring many ceramics factories, shops, kilns, and a ceramics museum. See other posts about our time in China: post one, post two, post three, post four, and post five.

Rita shopping in Kowloon

In Hong Kong, we stayed at the posh Conrad Hotel. Rita mostly enjoyed the shopping markets across the bay in Kowloon. She was very disappointed that the shops closed down at 11 PM on a Sunday. What were they thinking? Posts from Barry’s blog: first post and second post.

Rita in Macau

In Macau, Barry was able to knock off work a little early so that they could spend some time at the local casinos. Here’s another post about our day there.

Rita shopping in Saigon

In Saigon, Rita enjoyed more shopping experiences. Here are some earlier posts about our time in Saigon: post one, post two, post three, and post four.

Shortly after returning from Asia, Barry headed out again, this time to North Carolina for another conference. The personal highlight of the trip was when he and some buddies took a side trip to Mayberry (Mt. Airy) to soak in the sights and smells of the Andy Griffith Show. Goober says hey!

Mayberry Court House

Click here to see many more photos from Mayberry and Mt. Pilot.

Halloween boys

Halloween was a fun time although it was pretty cold for the trick-or-treaters. The kids handled the weather by making about four different excursions around the neighborhoods with a warm up period in between each one.

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