Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cynthia and David in the AT&T store

Here we are in the AT&T store purchasing a memory card that we can use in our digital camera for taking pictures and then inserting it in our Blackberry to upload photos to this blog. This is the first photo taken with our Panasonic Lumix camera that we successfully uploaded from the Blackberry Bold 9000. No computer was needed!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Blogging with a Blackberry

During our travels, I'll be using a Blackberry Bold 9000 to post journal entries and photos to this blog,

For details, see Blogging with a Blackberry on our Resources site.

Sure is handy having this bluetooth external keyboard (Freedom External Keyboard) so that I can touch type the way I am accustomed, rather than trying to learn how to type with my thumbs!

Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Our Pilgrimage to Asia, 2009

It's time for us to return to Asia. We want to spend time in China, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and Thailand, so we've set aside four months and bought round trip tickets to Shanghai, leaving July 16 and returning November 19.

It's been 25 years since we visited Beijing with our four-month old son Julian in 1984. David gave lectures at Beijing Normal University on uses of computers in education (when the most popular machine was a Digital VAX 750).

This trip feels a bit like a Buddhist pilgrimage; there are several temples and monasteries in China that are important in the history of Zen. We'd like to find some of the quiet places in China where we can sit with the patriarchs.

We've always wanted to go to Lhasa and explore Tibet. This time, we hope to do a walk around Mt. Kailash in Western Tibet.

We will be returning to Nepal where David had served as a Peace Corps volunteer 1971-73 and where our family had returned to visit David's village in 1995. We have lots of friends, including former students and teachers at Buddha Padma High School in Taulihawa, though we discovered in 1995 that sometimes it was a bit hard to recognize former students who had now grown up and had children of their own.

The trip to Bhutan will be our first -- the combination of remoteness and a beneficent king has resulted in a fascinating country.

Finally, we would like to explore parts of Thailand outside of Bangkok. Maybe we will get to visit one of the forest monasteries and we're hoping to relax on the beach before returning to Seattle.