|The chef at the cooking school Jen owns and operates in a trendy Beijing hutong.|
|Dave & Carolyn treated us to lunch |
at a Vietnamese restaurant.
|En rte to the cooking school.|
2. & 3. We learned that Craig Simons was part of the team of Peace Corps volunteers who taught in southern Chinese schools with Peter Hessler, another well-known author. One rather rainy afternoon, we took the subway to the embassy area of Beijing where we found a well-known ex-pat bookstore, The Book Worm. http://beijingbookworm.com/ We enjoyed coffee, wifi, and purchased Peter’s book, River Town, which we intended to read on the trains & planes during our trip back to KY. We are currently reading a 2nd book written by Peter Hessler, Oracle Bones.
4. Upon our arrival at Kelly’s Courtyard Hotel in Beijing, we ate breakfast with a German couple who loaned us the book, China Road, by Rob Gifford. This well written account chronicles the author’s experiences travelling across the China equivalent of Rte. 66. Here, Ben is reading a few chapters in the courtyard while our room was being prepared.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!