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North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 20th 2016

Mayan Museum (Museum Mundo Maya) When you come to Merida, you must go to the new Mayan Museum. It is truly fantastic for a history lover. It is relatively new and located on the north side of town near the Costco store. The cost is 150 pesos for non-residents. It was supposedly built on the site of the last great meteorite collision with Earth that destroyed the dinosaurs and put Earth into the great ice age some 65 million years ago. You will never find a more educational experience for only 150 pesos. You start with a short eight minute movie. The movie is in Spanish but rather easy to follow for a non-Spanish speaker. In the museum you start with the history of the world and the asteroid that destroyed it for the fifth time. ... read more
Museum
Museum
Museum

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 20th 2016

Progreso Progreso is a nice day trip. We took the minivan and drove down. On the web, Progreso looks like the ideal place to rent a house on the beach. We stopped at a cafe on the beach and had breakfast. There were many American and Canadian tourists drinking their breakfast. We went on a tour and saw some of the homes of the wealthy and famous. We then went to a Mayan village and salt works. Both were very interesting and the guide was very knowledgeable. The village was a relatively small Mayan village. It was the home of the Mayans who worked the salt flats. The guide explained the genius of the Mayan salt gathering system. When we returned to Progreso, we had lunch. The American and Canadian tourists were now drinking lunch. Though ... read more
Guide and Alfonso
Mayan Village

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 20th 2016

Merida and costs The hotel is right off the main square in Old Town. It is the old classic hotel in Merida, built in 1901. Down the street is the Cathedral built in the 1540’s with the stones from the Mayan city. Merida is the oldest city in North or South America. I used to love Cancun when I first started going there in 1990, but it so big and commercialized that I will not be sad to never see it again. The people in Merida are so nice with little western influence. The main languages are Spanish and Mayan. A few have lived in the US or know English but it is very few. Today I was out walking north and then took a city bus. I had to get some stuff from Walmart. On ... read more
Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida January 13th 2016

Introduction I thought I would introduce myself and this blog. I tend to be a person who collects experiences and not things. I think my son-in-law expressed it best when he told me - Some people think those who have the most toys win in life, he feels that those who use their toys the most wins. In writing the blog it is nice to have the pictures and memories, but the primary reason I write the blog is that it forces me to be a more acute viewer. When I am going to write about something, I generally pay attention. This trip started on January 13th when I flew to Cancun. I met up with Alfonso, my old college roommate from Monterrey, MX. He showed up with a woman he met on the plane. It ... read more

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




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