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My Day with Ray

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Me & Ray

I met Rui about 2 years before my trip to Beijing, and we had become good friends in exchanging e-mail. She likes the nickname Ray since that is sort of how it would be pronounced in English. She is a physicist like myself, so we had many conversations in e-mail of a scientific nature, shared music, witty dialog, philosophy and something of ourselves with eachother. She was still a PhD student when we met, but obtained her doctorate and found a position in Guangzhou. As fate would have it, she was visiting with her parents for Chinese new year the same time I was visiting there. She was very nice to come with her father to meet me at the airport and escort me to my hotel on Jinbao Street. We were able to spend time the next day, and although very cold, we visited Wangfujing market, Tiananmen square, NCPA (National Center for Performing Arts) and walk about. It was a nice introduction to Beijing and wonderful to spend time with my friend - A meeting of great minds!

Toward evening My friend Gang and his brother (John) picked me up at my hotel and brought me to meet the family. First we went on an excursion to find cell phone sim cards and Gang provided me with a cell phone to use. It was a good evening and I had an opportunity to meet Gang's brother (John), his brother's wife, his sister and his mother. I had something to eat and some conversation. All in all a good day, but I was very tired.

spocklogic says:
I actually sent her a YouTube clip once on the Ray Jay Johnson routine from back in the day. She thought it was funny.
Posted on: Dec 05, 2011
vances says:
What a perfect opportunity for the "but you doesn't have to call me Ray" routine!!!

:^)
Posted on: Dec 03, 2011
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Me & Ray
Me & Ray
Wanfujing market
Wanfujing market
Wangfujing decoration I
Wangfujing decoration I
Wangfujing decoration II
Wangfujing decoration II
Wangfujing Walking I
Wangfujing Walking I
Wangfujing Walking II
Wangfujing Walking II
Wangfujing souvenir shopping
Wangfujing souvenir shopping
Wangfujing treats
Wangfujing treats
Wangfujing treats II
Wangfujing treats II
Wangfujing treats III
Wangfujing treats III
Wangfujing treats IV
Wangfujing treats IV
A place for lunch - noodle soup an…
A place for lunch - noodle soup a…
Leaving Wangfujing
Leaving Wangfujing
A view down the street near Wangfu…
A view down the street near Wangf…
Tiananmen
Tiananmen
Tiananmen square -horizon
Tiananmen square -horizon
Mao and Me
Mao and Me
Mao, Dr. Zhu and Dr. Walsh
Mao, Dr. Zhu and Dr. Walsh
Mao
Mao
Inside Tiananmen - Dr. Zhu
Inside Tiananmen - Dr. Zhu
Inside Tiananmen - Dr. Walsh
Inside Tiananmen - Dr. Walsh
Its this big! NCPA
It's this big! NCPA
BCPA reflecting pool
BCPA reflecting pool
NCPA closeup
NCPA closeup
Big buildings, Big minds & glasses
Big buildings, Big minds & glasses
Inside NCPA I
Inside NCPA I
Inside NCPA II
Inside NCPA II
Ray in NCPA
Ray in NCPA
Inside NCPA (National Center for P…
Inside NCPA (National Center for …
Metal Stairway
Metal Stairway
Underneath a glass water ceiling (…
Underneath a glass water ceiling …
Ray with musical sculpture
Ray with musical sculpture
Three Kingdoms exhibit
Three Kingdoms exhibit
Puppets of the three Kingdoms
Puppets of the three Kingdoms
More puppets of the three kingdoms
More puppets of the three kingdoms
Puppets of Three Kingdoms marker
Puppets of Three Kingdoms marker
Some history reading
Some history reading
Interesting statue
Interesting statue
Nice display, impossible to captur…
Nice display, impossible to captu…
A Chinese Mall
A Chinese Mall
Chinese Food Court
Chinese Food Court
Beijing
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