Our first visitors of the year were my nephew Chris and his bride Val, a fun-loving young couple from St. Louis. It was great showing them around Lin’an, our ZAFU campus, and Hangzhou.
- Chris and Val on the ZAFU sports field
So Chris and Val could meet people here on the ZAFU campus, I invited several students and foreign teachers to join us for dinner. Sixteen of us ate at a local restaurant outside the ZAFU West Gate where Chris and Val tried a variety of Chinese food and talked with people who live here.
- Jeanne, Val, Chris, & Mayer
Morton, Rose, Drew, & Patrick
After dinner, Chris and Val treated us to dessert and coffee at the Camphor Tree, Barry’s and my favorite on-campus restaurant:
With Tony, Zoey, and Mayer
Chris checked out the local beer
Besides walking around our rather small Lin’an, any visitor here must go into Hangzhou, a beautiful city of over 6 million people. My students Jeanne and Jane showed us around.
Jeanne, Val, Chris, & Jane
At West Lake in Hangzhou
The day was cloudy but perfect for walking.
Val trying roasted black corn on a stick for a snack
Val & Chris on West Lake
Chris and Val treated us to a West Lake boat ride.
Jane, Jeanne, & me on West Lake
West Lake view from our boat
Another boat--one woman is blowing bubbles
Hangzhou Skyline--from our boat
Back on land, we ate at a crowded restaurant where we were the only foreigners.
Chris and Val-- What are you eating?
Jane and Jeanne ordered for us.
Jane and Jeanne
We also went looking at new expensive cars. High-end dealerships are along West Lake.
Here are Chris and Val with one choice-
Chris and Val's new Ferrari--the color is great
Chris couldn't decide on just one, so here is his Maserati
His Porsche is nice too
Val is very practical
Jane with her choice
I will be happy with a joyride in any of these cars.
At night on West Lake
The West Lake music and light show
I really enjoyed Chris and Val coming for a visit. If you come this way, please stop and see us too. Aloha, Renee