Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie


Greg and I are now in a lovely little town called Lijiang. We planned to leave today or tomorrow to go on a multi-day hike at the nearby Tiger Leaping Gorge, but Greg has come down with a nasty cold, poor guy. So we’re delaying the hike a few days and just chilling.

Lijiang is straight out of a movie set. I didn’t know places like this really existed.

I mean for bejeezus sake, here is a kid in the street playing with some numchucks!

The main park in town has a beautiful lake. It is even more beautiful when the clouds aren’t hiding the giant snow covered mountain in the background.

Some rainy days prevented mucho picture taking, but hopefully we’ll have some more up on flickr soon. Hope all is well in other parts of the world. Have a good day everyone!


May 20, 2007 - Posted by | China, Photography, Travel, Yunnan


  1. Wow! Breath taking views!
    Get better! Drink hot tea!
    Jack just had high fevers with strep. Beware!

    Comment by Cynthia | May 20, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hi and Love to you both in lieu of gmail which you may not be getting. Get well Greg! G and G say thanks for the coffee which they received recently. My move went well and will be on line within a few days. I loved the photo of the Toddler? with the num chucks!

    Comment by Nancy | May 20, 2007 | Reply

  3. Great photos. Thanks for keeping us updated on ya’ll’s travels.

    Comment by Roger and Libby | May 20, 2007 | Reply

  4. oh my god. I want to come join you right now! How long will you be there? Off to check airfares….

    Comment by jolifanta | May 21, 2007 | Reply

  5. **A belated posting for Greg — who really needs help with his Scrabble game**

    “How to Cheat at Scrabble”

    Stefan Fatsis, the author of Word Freak (his best-selling book on Scrabble addiction) once produced a handy list entitled “How to Cheat at Scrabble.” Among the entries?

    * Hide tiles in your sleeve, lap, waistband.

    * The key to putting down a fake word is to play fast. Throw it down and don’t flinch. It’s a head game. Talk trash, mix up the letters noisily, distract your opponent. It’s called coffeehousing. Learn some of the 96 two-letter and 972 three-letter words: aa, oe, xu, qat, jin, qua, cwm, brr. You don’t have to know what they mean. You just need to learn enough of them to luck with your opponent’s mind. Make your opponent feel crazy for challenging you. Use your obscure words in the beginning. Then, late in the game, put down all your fake words.

    * Feel the recessed letters (if they’re wood) when they’re in the bag. This is called brailling.

    * Memorize the grain on the backs of key tiles.

    * Turn a tile over and pretend it’s a blank to make a seven-letter word.

    * Psych-out trick: Undercount your score by twenty points, make your opponent lazy, then “recount” at the end of the game.

    [Sources: Esquire, May 2003;

    Comment by Roger and Libby | May 21, 2007 | Reply

  6. i am a Naxi girl from Lijiang
    really glad that you like my hometown

    Comment by aleah | July 15, 2007 | Reply

  7. that’s why it will never wor. Zaid Bethanie.

    Comment by Zaid Bethanie | September 19, 2007 | Reply

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