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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Passports and pedicures.

Early in December our son unexpectedly invited me meet him in Beijing and head down to Thailand for a couple of weeks. He and some friends had recently acquired a 10 year lease on some property on Ko Phanang, an island in southern Thailand. One the group arranged for them to go on a private mindfulness meditation retreat. There was only room for a small group and I was invited.

Passport? Check. Expires in June; plenty of time.

No. Wait. I'll need a visa for China and you have to have six months left on your passport in  order to get a visa.

Passport Office: 5th avenue in downtown Seattle.

Passport was the first step. Next was the visa. I used a visa service, however it was all just around the holidays and the Chinese kept changing their reqirements. I finally got all the paperwork in just before New Years thinking it would come back in plenty of time for my January 7 departure date.

When my visa hadn't arrived by the predicted time on the morning of the departure, I had to do someting. Since you definitely need decent looking toenails when in the tropics, a pedicure was in order. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Gage Academy Drawing Jam

Every year in December Gage Academy of Art in Seattle hosts their drawing jam. This is the first year I've been able to attend. Rooms upon rooms with people and things to draw - heaven for a sketcher. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Meditating with the elephants

In December, our son invited me to go to Thailand to visit the property he and some friends had just purchased.