Barry’s View

Girl watching

Bus ride:  I-pod music, out the window, mountains, …

Off the bus:  hot bread

All kinds of styles

Summer sandals

Slow walk, very slow

Some sitting




Standing and looking, taking in the beauty

Cool shade

The lake


Sitting, watching people go by—

An angel

Mother and daughter holding hands

A happy boy

Father and older daughter walking, holding hands

Dad and kids

Someone just stopped, smiled, looked at what I was writing, laughed, said something in Chinese, and walked on

People walking by, talking,

Couple blowing bubbles

People walking by


Cool air, birds singing

Large green field in front of me

Green field

Weeping willows and the lake

Weeping willows

A humpback bridge

Willows and the lake

Old man in military suit


Couple, woman holds baby and small son following

Thinking of San

Boy crying (wailing) with young mom

Kids and parents

People watching me


Two men stop by and a woman look at what I’m writing

Men say, “Hello”

A treasure

Gorgeous young woman, ear phones, alone, short black fancy dress, frilly

High, high heels

Bread is so good

Butterflies on the grass,

A bird, small

Comes up to me—has some crumbs—leaves

The bird

Before I can share more bread

Time to move on.

My bench

Zài Jiàn and Aloha, Barry


About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

4 responses to “Barry’s View”

  1. pigletruth says :

    Hi Barry and Renee ,
    We got to your blog thru Becky. My husband Danny and I are coming to ZAFU next year so it was great to read all your experiences! Thanks so much it looks great and we are very excited.

  2. Kathie says :

    Hi Renee and Barry.
    You should put covers on this and publish it. Thoroughly enjoyed reading.
    Grandma Kathie

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