Elephant Mountain!

We climbed Elephant Mountain 😵 💀 I stopped counting after 400 stairs – I have since died of stair death. 👻 I am just a ghost now. . . . But seriously! 👍🏔 It was the nicest time I’ve had in a while. We didn’t get there until after 6 and it was already way dark. I was worried it would be full of drunks / creeps / make-out sessions. It wasn’t! We kept running into the nicest people! Everyone was encouraging each other. Ran into a group of about 15 #Indonesia students there for someone’s birthday. Then a group of #Korean boys. Then some westerners. A #Chinese girl who was posing for a billion pictures with the help of a #Philippine boy who was great about trying different shots and so patient. Then a sweet #Philippine boy walked us down – he’s just finished a contract in Japan. Everyone was just telling each other ‘you can do it! You’re almost there!’ This is what ‘coming together’ and ‘community’ should look like. ❤️❤️ Made me fall in love with humanity again.

Lanterns in the Water

LIghts 2

City Sidewalks, Brilliant Sidewalks

Lights 1a

Mr. Jazz the Snowman


Christmas Light Show

Happy  Chinese #LanternFestival!

Happy Lantern Festival!  Tonight is the night (15 days after #ChineseNewYear ) when the Chinese light paper lanterns and send them up to the sky.  
My picture wasn’t very good 😭 I’ll post a better one later. But the #moon sure was pretty! Here in Zhengzhou, we have the highest smog records for the country, so the moon is a rare night.  Today was perfect for the festival! Clear skies, brisk air, and a good wind. 😄 
Wishing you all the best and a great upcoming year! 🍀

#China #travel #festival, #traditions #lifeabroad #international

Xin Nian Kuai Le 新年快乐

Happy Spring Festival to any Chinese viewers! Today is the first day of the Year of the Rooster. Wishing you money in your purses, love in your hearts, family in your homes, luck in your future, and wisdom in your minds