Jim Collins

JCollins

Jim Collins

Jim Collins
Widowed in 2009 (wife Juanita Sutton-Collins). Two daughters, Kate Collins-Nunes and Colleen Collins. Granddaughter Elizabeth (Little-Bit) Nunes and son-in-law, Ron Nunes.
Retired health care executive and owner of Informed Decisions, Incorporated.
Home: Richfield, MN USA (Suburb of Minneapolis)
Born: Elroy, WI
Graduate of Regis HS Eau Claire, WI, Loras College, Dubuque, IA, attended University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI
Enjoy reading, writing, fishing, cooking, biking and traveling



Asia » China » Shanghai August 2nd 2014

I am flying back to Minneapolis from Shanghai. It will be interesting to see how Rascal the Cat is doing. It will be wonderful to get home, but I could spend another week exploring Shanghai and boring friends and family with this blog. Thank you for your patience. James P. Collins idicollins@aol.com... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai August 2nd 2014

I got up early and went for a walk along the river. A lot of old people were doing Tai Chi. The younger people were running. The middle-aged people were doing some Tai Chi and some running. No pictures, it was too early and I forgot the camera. I am meeting Kate and Lizzie about noon for a cooking class. It should be interesting. It is being held in a personal home. The cooking class was great. The two English Speakers were delightful. He learned his English by dating English speaking girls. She learned her English watching a divorce program on a daytime English language program. They first took us to a real Chinese market and explained every stall to us. I spent a lot of time asking questions about each of them and how they ... read more
Shopping center
Lizzie did well with the noodles
Kate had a little trouble at first

Asia » China » Shanghai August 2nd 2014

Had breakfast and then we went on a guided tour. I recommend a guided tour if you do not have much time. The guide and driver picked us up at 9 AM. Our guide did not speak very good English. Many of the other guides spoke excellent English. Our driver was a bit of a madman, but at least most of the drivers in Shanghai follow the lights and driving rules. Our driver was not one to obey the rules. Oh well, I guess you cannot luck out all of the time. First we went to a temple and then Yuyuan Gardens. Frankly, I was not too interested. We then went to Shanghai Old Street (http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/shanghai/old-street.htm) and I really enjoyed that. I purchased a few extra gifts and I am more than set in the gift ... read more
New 100 story building
Art Center

Asia » China » Shanghai August 2nd 2014

We arrived in Shanghai. Again, the fast train is awesome. We made four or five stops and still arrived in three hours. The cab line was long and then our driver had trouble finding the Astor Hotel in the Bund. He was relieved to find it and so were we. Cleaned up and went for a nice walk. We actually had a western dinner.... read more
In 1990 this was swamp
Our hotel on left, Astor.
100 stories hign

Asia » China » Anhui » Hefei August 2nd 2014

We are back on the fast train to Shanghai. I love the fast train. I would like to bore you with a few more observations. I wish I had brought a portable printer with me. I may get one when I get home. Second, there are some things that make sense now after visiting Hefei in July. Thirteen years ago, I remember asking the guide about the Chinese staring at me in Hefei. We were in Hefei in the middle of March. She said “you are big and you do not wear any clothes”. I was wearing a pull over shirt and shorts. It was 75 F degrees in the morning. This morning at 7:30 AM it was 33C or 91F. Hefei is on a big low plain with a lot of water. Clearly, the Hefei ... read more

Asia » China » Anhui » Chuzhou August 2nd 2014

Visit the orphanage. What a wonderful day. We are so blessed that Lizzie is part of our family. They have a new orphanage and senior building which we visited first. The new orphanage only had about 30 children. Most of the children were handicapped. In 2001 there were 100 to 200 children. We then went to the old orphanage and were meet by a couple of Lizzie's former caregivers and the daughter of one of the caregivers. The old caregivers described Lizzie as “The beautiful quiet baby”. Lizzie asked how many babies were in each room and was a bit shocked when they said 12 to 14. They are using part of the old orphanage for senior housing.... read more
Old Orphanage
Lizzie & Caregiver
Caregiver Group

Asia » China » Anhui » Hefei August 2nd 2014

It was a very interesting day. After breakfast we took a cab to the Anhui Museum. The Anhui Museum is one of the first museums in China, according to the signs at the museum. It was rather interesting and featured a locally born artist, Pan Yuliang. I liked her painting of scenes but the portraits did not connect with me. The museum is all the way across the old town of Hefei. We started to walk back. Of course I took some breaks but pretty well kept up with Kate and Lizzie. After two hours of hot, humid walking we could see the Holiday Inn Hotel. We went into a Starbucks and it was beautifully air-conditioned. I asked Kate to get me an American coffee. She asked “What Size?” I said large, because I was staying ... read more
Old Town Hefei

Asia » China » Anhui » Hefei August 2nd 2014

The ancient town of San He. http://www.china.org.cn/travel/2013-05/01/content_28704165_4.htm It was an interesting day. The driver picked us up about 9 AM and drove to San He. It was about 50 K. After we got there we walked for a little bit over an hour. It was at least 100 degrees F and humidity of 90 – 95%. It was a beautiful old city but the heat and humidity damn near killed me. I sat down next to the creek and Kate and Lizzie went exploring. They came back about a half hour latter to find me par-boiled. Kate suggested an air-conditioned coffee shop which was about 30 yards across the street. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. After about 45 minutes Kate got bored and went exploring while Lizzie and I talked. A wonderful treasure ... read more
Typical residental street
A little green
Bridge to Old Town

Asia » China August 2nd 2014

I had sort of a relaxing day. I got up early and went for a walk. I am glad I went for a walk early because later in the day it was stuffy and hot. Hefei has a lot of water around it with Chua Lake, rivers and a larger marsh land. This afternoon it was hard to tell if there was rain or just such heavy humidity that it felt like rain. I have to admire the construction crews working outside of the hotel. After breakfast, I was able to find a couple of good maps for Kate. Then my computer went on the blink and I could not connect to the internet. The Asst. Manager, Cynthia, was great. She got their tech person and between them, they had me up and running with Wi-Fi ... read more

Asia » China » Xining August 2nd 2014

Wow, has Hefei changed. The new airport is about 35-40 K outside the city or a 45 minute cab ride. As you get about half way to the city, it is built up with factories and apartments. The Holiday Inn is right on the canal bordering the old city. In general, Hefei has been on heavy steroids for 13 years. Take Eau Claire, Wisconsin and make look like Chicago in 13 years. Hefei is roughly the size of Chicago, about 7.8M people. Xi’an is a tourist city while Hefei begins work at 7 AM. We are staying in Hefei until Tuesday morning and then taking the fast train to Shanghai. On Monday we are going to the orphanage in Chua Hue. Between now and Monday, it is adventure time in Hefei.... read more
Old canal surrounding the "Old City"
Electric mopeds, very few bikes
Breakfast time




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