a true story

My teacher and I were talking a few days ago, and I told her I found a new lake that is quite nice, on the northeast side of town, where a lot of people were swimming. She insisted there is no lake there, and I insisted there is. Finally, I gave her very precise directions and a description. Suddenly a look of total horror came over her face.

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the big gate

the Big Gate in Baisha Village

Baisha is a charming Naxi village about 3 miles north of Lijiang. It was built over approximately a 200 year period stretching from the Ming Dayasty (1385 AD) to the Qing Dynasty (1619). It is home to the famous Baisha murals, which I haven’t gotten around to seeing yet. But it’s on the list of things to do.

juhua

All summer, my teacher kept telling me that I would really like October because there would be a lot of júhuā. Every time she said that, I would make a mental note to look up júhuā and see what type of flowers I could expect. But I had some vague impression that it was something you only see in Lijiang.

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twilight

Chinese Lanterns

October flew by! I can’t believe it’s already gone. It was a lovely month, with the most incredible twilight skies. I’ve never seen colors quite like it, but it was impossible to truly capture the glory with the camera. I really loved October in Lijiang.

We’ve heard from friends in Chengdu, that the winter post-apocalyptic twilight gloom that is a normal winter there, started at the beginning of October and it is colder and more polluted than normal. Shudder. I do not miss Chengdu. I feel so grateful to be here this year. Blue skies are just such a blessing! I’m looking forward to seeing what changes November brings. Possibly even some fall color in the leaves?

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winter is coming….

Persimmons

Happy Reformation Day! Today is our second favorite holiday of the year, Reformation Day. We usually celebrate by eating Mark Bittman’s Millet Bake and watching Luther. It is our all time favorite movie. We are both so excited to watch it tonight.

“No matter what happens, you should say: There is God’s Word. This is my rock and anchor. On it I rely, and it remains. Where it remains, I, too, remain; where it goes, I, too, go.” ~Martin Luther

Growing up in the mountains of southern New Mexico I always felt like this day really marked the beginning of winter to me. We always had the first snow by the 31st, and Fall had ended. The season changed here in Lijiang this week as well. We had the first snow on the mountain, and it is suddenly much colder. Read More