This was my first introduction to the library on our campus. It spoke volumes to me! pun.
The real view from where we stood. Is this beautiful????? (psst...dirty little secret...it was raining, and there were drip buckets all over just outside the range of my camera. I'll bet someone is ticked. Three year old building???? Sound familiar, Bear Lake??)
Chairman Mao welcomes us to Chengdu! This picture makes him look short. We were waaaaaaay across the street!
I bought this at our corner street market. Silly me. I thought I could just peel it and call it a cucumber. Au contraire! This (I learned) is bitter melon--you have to cook it!! And even Chinese only choke it down because it is brimming with superhuman nutrition.
This one sat sneering on the cupboard for a few days as I wondered if I could stomach that much nutrition. It darkened a little, and we parted company.
Clyde working on his guanxi (rough translation: working the crowd, goodwill) with the local kidlets.
Welcome to the Global Center--the largest building in the world!
Eat, shop, shop, shop, ice skate, swim, slide, watch movies, surf, jump waves, shop, eat, buy groceries, stay overnight or for a week, get free 1 year anniversary cake, people watch, enjoy Texas bar-b-q, walk across a clear walkway and look down 5 stories, and cross it off your lifelist! At no extra cost, I witnessed a mother holding her baby over a trash can to do his business. Yes, I did.
Take your breath away glitz! Square MILES of marble floors!
We didn't, but we WILL!!
And you can get Tupperware...without all the stupid party games!
Move over, Mr. Disney!! The thing of it is, is that I've been getting up and going about my duties for 61 years and had no CLUE all of THIS was going on over here on this side of the world...no clue.