Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie


The last 4 days, Greg & Francie have had their introduction to China in a small mountain town called Dali (northwest of Kunming in the Yunnan province). It is cold and rainy here, reminding us of our native Seattle and inducing post traumatic stress episodes from all those seattle winters we’ve endured. Just kidding, actually, we just need to get acclimated is all. We’ve been in the tropics at 90+ degrees for 4 months and aren’t used to even a cool 75 degree breeze.

Its time for a picture! This is the west gate into the old city of Dali:


One cool thing about Dali is that all the rain & snow melt from the mountains runs through the town in a little “stream”. I’m not sure why they did it this way, but it sure looks & sounds cool:

Despite being in the mountains, we haven’t had any outdoor adventures yet, as its been pouring down rain since we arrived. This has freed us up however, to take some mandarin classes and spend our days studying in a wonderful coffee shop called Cafe de Jack. It sounds crazy that someone from Seattle would travel to a small town in China and find themselves sipping delicious cappuccinos, but that is just the way we roll.

Here is a photo of Francie in Jack’s studying our new Mandarin language book:

Speaking of delicious things, the food that we’ve experienced so far in China has been amazing. In the space of 3 days we’ve eaten everything from dim sum to tibetan food to grilled cheese sandwiches and it is all sooo yummy! Here is a photo of the gentleman working the steamer at the steamed bun shop we ate at for lunch today:

Are you perhaps wondering what a ‘steamed bun’ looks like? It’s your lucky day!

Tomorrow we take a bus to another small mountain town called Lijiang, 160km to the north. Hopefully it’ll clear up while we’re there so we can actually see some of the amazing scenery.

Xai Jian peeps!
-Francie & Greg

May 17, 2007 - Posted by | China, Photography, Travel, Yunnan


  1. Hope you found some warmer clothes and rain gear!
    Cappucino! and grilled cheese! Jack’s looks so cozy!

    Comment by Cynthia | May 17, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hey, you can take the boy out of Texas, but you can’t take the Texas out of the boy. I saw the picture of Greg on the flicr website sporting a nice cowboy shirt with rhinestone snaps. Cavender’s Boot Barn is having a huge sale on these. ( They are always having a huge sale on them. I wonder why…..? ) I can get you a few if you insist.

    Comment by Jeff | May 19, 2007 | Reply


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  4. Hi Francie,
    I have been following your adventures and love you site.
    When I returned from my pilgrimage to Lourdes I heard about your wedding. Congrat. I will be looking forward to meeting Greg. What a honeymoon!!! Have been looking for the wedding pictures and announcement but will not luck. What was the date of your marriage.
    I love the pictures and comments. Are you going to write a book? Have fun and continue to enjoy yourtrip. Love, Aunt Elaine

    Comment by Aunt Elaine | May 19, 2007 | Reply

  5. Aunt Elaine! I’m so glad you’re watching the site and thanks for the congrats. 🙂 The date was May 3rd and I will email you a photo!

    Comment by francie | May 20, 2007 | Reply

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