Here are some photos from our 2004 trip away from China,
which included a family reunion in Georgia, and visits to friends in
Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, England, Scotland and Canada
(including Toronto and Niagara Falls).
(The trip was from February to June; Michael had not been in the US since
we moved to China in 2000.)
While in South
Carolina (our US home) we filled our time talking about China and helping
with various events (like our daughter's wedding).
We also got to help out at the
Columbia International Festival. Here, one of local TV's best known
personalities (Joe Pinner) gives a live weather report from the Festival.
We spoke to
anyone who would listen about our adventures in China, and constantly
encouraged other adults to join us in teaching China's students! Here we
are speaking to a high school class in Tennessee (photo is courtesy of our
friend, the teacher: Donna Lorcher). Michael also spoke to students at the
University of South Carolina and Columbia International University who are
interested in teaching abroad.
Here are some
more photos of the Columbia International Festival. Michael was Assistant
Director for this wonderful annual event for the first four years of it's
existence. It showcases the contribution that people from 100 nations are
making in South Carolina. Thousands of school kids get to see, taste and
experience the world each year on Global Education Day. Puppets (like the
panda--bottom right) and other gifts with an international flair are
popular with the students. (Center) Michael and two of his international
friends are all dressed up for the Governor's International Gala dinner.
Andrew spent a
lot of time in swimming pools, but on this morning we watched the sun rise
over Vero Beach, Florida. (Michael's mom took this and many
other great shots during our travels!)
During the trip we traveled extensively to visit friends and relatives in
Colorado, Arkansas, Ohio, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee.
(Our "USA" page will link you to many of those.) Here,
Michael enjoys some musical fun with Vivian's talented cousin John, in the
living room of her aunt and uncle Scott (in Tennessee).
One of the highlights of our trip was a chance to see old
friends in England and Scotland
on the way back to China. (Click on the underlined words to see more
poses with Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes' parlor (福尔摩斯家--221B Baker Street,
We made the
expensive detour to Britain so that we could spend some time with
Michael's sister and her family (near London). The last time we saw them
was in Turkey (see photos); then they moved back to Turkey,
and later moved to Washington DC. (We Kriglines move around a lot!)
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