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2011 Trip to China

It’s amazing what can happen in a few months.

The whole family and I went to China for 21 days and it was a great trip. In order we flew from JFK -> HKG -> PEK/BJS -> XIY ->PVG -> CAN -> Zhaoqing -> HKG -> TSA -> HKG -> JFK.

In plain English we went to Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Guanzho (briefly), Zhaoqing, took a bus to Hong Kong (NEVER EVER AGAIN!) flew to Taiwain, toured the country by car and then came back to Hong Kong.

All that in 21 days. I took over 4,500 photos with my Nikon D300s and 6 rolls of film with the Olympus Trip 35. We met Lily’s family and everyone had a good time. But the tour was intense and we’re all still decompressing 3 weeks later.

You can see the photos I took at my Flickr page.

Cue the vacation music

Lily and I started our vacation Friday night by eating at the Bhatti Indian Grill and enjoying really good spicy food. It was also our wedding anniversary and unlike last year neither of us forgot it. 16 years plus 5 years dating! She’s perfect.

We have very different vacation styles.  She likes to fill up each day with activity to maximize the time we have. You know, go places, do things, etc. I used to joke that vacations with her was like a military campaign and sometimes it was. I always had a great time with her but the pace was a little intimidating.

There is nothing wrong with that kind of planning. But I get deadlines and furious activity on a daily basis at work. NOTE: THIS IS NOT A WORK DIG! But when you work in a certain industry you deal with fire drills all the time. It comes with the job and I’m fine with that.

How do I prefer my vacations? I like to just take it easy and relax. Go places (or not), run around (or not), and accomplish thing you set out to do (or not). My goal for this week is to relax with Lily and the kids.

I would like to accomplish the following things.

  1. Spend quality time with the wife and kids. Quality time? Can’t believe I’m using that phrase, but what that means is “Don’t sweat the small things”. You know, take it easy with family.
  2. Start and maybe complete another Bandai MG model. I’ve got the MG Gouf v2 all lined up (Lily won’t let me order more unless I make my unassembled model stash smaller!)
  3. Take more pictures. I like my amateur photo hobby and really am jonesing for a 24-70mm  f/2.8 Nikon lens.
  4. Do something with my WordPress theme! The latest not-really-a-GPL-argument-just-copyright-infringement has gotten me to examine how my blog looks. If only I had the time to learn CSS, that’s what really sets one site apart from another.

The last item on my list is to have fun and relax. The list is incidental as long as I have a good time. Mostly I’ll just cheerfully go with what the family does.

By the way, my vacation theme music? It would have to be this song.

Acela to DC mini vacation

My son is a huge train fan so we are going to take the Acela from Penn Station to Washington DC.  The plan is to get to DC and spend lots of time in the Smithsonian. He’s more excited about the train than he is going back to the Air and Space Museum.

If there was a train museum in DC we would have to sedate him to get him out of there. He’s that fixated on trains.

Naturally I will have my camera. I’ll take some photos from the train but for me all the fun happens when we’re walking around the capital. I’ll be packing light so the only gear I’ll have will be the Acer netbook and lots of SDHC memory cards. For extended trips I normally take a laptop so I can dump the pictures but this will only be a few days.

It will be a good trip and I’ll post links to the Flickr page afterward.