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Grand-Hammonds at EBH1769 viewsEBH is Sonja's amazing day care center. 8 kids, 2 teachers, and a host of wonderful interns and work-study students drawn from Meredith's child development majors. Plus, it's only a few hundred yards from Hilary's office on campus.mudmine
Sonja and Forrest blowing bubbles1759 viewsWell, she's not quite got the blowing part down yet. But she does seem to like eating the bubble stuff off of the wand. mudmine
Sonja and mom, relaxing in the den288 viewsmudmine
Sonja puts on some lip balm273 viewsmudmine
Sonja and Beckett at snack time243 viewsmudmine
Bath goggles, version 1.0241 viewsThese are actually Hilary's swim goggles. They proved ineffective, so Sonja got her own pair later.mudmine
Beckett helps Sonja put on her bib238 viewsmudmine
Sonja in hat and mittens232 viewsFor some reason--perhaps the 90-degree weather--hat and mittens are a popular play costume these days. mudmine
Joanna and the toddlers229 viewsmudmine
Sonja enjoying a snack at her table229 viewsmudmine
Our itinerary225 viewsAltogether the trip was about a week and a half: four days in Turkey followed by a week in Greece. We flew to Istanbul, took the train to Ankara and back to Istanbul, then flew to Athens. We drove to a number of places on the mainland and the Pelopponese, and then flew from Athens to Santorini, where we ended our trip.mudmine
Examining a giant stone egg223 viewsmudmine
Joanna and Rowan223 viewsmudmine
Another smile for the camera222 viewsHow's this, paparazzo?mudmine
Streets of Changsha, early morning212 viewsMany of the newer apartment complexes in Changsha had kind of a Jersey Shore vibe: lots of pastel colors and fancy beach house-looking buildings.mudmine
Checking out the otters208 viewsmudmine
Acropolis the Areopagus207 viewsWe flew from Istanbul to Athens early in the morning, and so had the whole day to explore the city before meeting up with Hilary's parents back at our hotel in the evening. Our first stop was the Acropolis, which you can see in the distance of this photograph. The rocky outcrop from where this picture was taken is the Areopagus, where Paul preached to the Athenians c. 51 AD. In Ancient Athens, a group of city elders met at the Areopagus. Under the reforms of Solon (638 BC–558 BC), the Areopagus was intended, like the US Senate, as a counter-weight to the more democratic Assembly. As such it was the center of aristocratic power in the city, until the reforms of Ephialtes in 462 BC stripped it of all its powers save the right to try murder cases.mudmine
Bathing with protective swim goggles183 viewsWater in the eyes is a leading cause of minor irritation! But then, no irritation is minor to a two-year-old.mudmine
Duelling tour guides in Danang170 viewsAfter Hoi An, Christine had to go back to Hanoi, so Hilary and I were left without local-language support for the next leg of our travel. We arranged with our hotel back in Hoi An for a car to Danang, where Christine would catch a plane to Hanoi and we would catch a bus to Bach Ma National Park. After seeing Christine off, we were dropped at this travel office, where there was no bus in sight and the employees did not speak any English, but managed to make it clear that they had no knowledge of any prior arrangements for our travel. So we called the hotel employee back in Hoi An, who spoke English fairly well, and had her talk to the travel agents. Eventually we were told that a bus would be by in a while. During our wait we had to fend off offers from other agents and guides (like the guy in the yellow striped shirt) who could not or would not understand that our plans were made.mudmine
Hilary cooking in the kitchen166 viewsYou can see some of what we've added to the apartment to make the small space more livable. 1 commentsmudmine
Floorplan of our apartment165 viewsThis gives some idea of the space we have and the furniture we've crammed into it. 1 commentsmudmine
Who else could make a hippo suit look sophisticated?159 viewsmudmine
Clouds at sunset158 views2 commentsmudmine
Clive in cold weather157 viewsClive is definitely not a lap cat. At most he'll sit beside you for a while. But in cold weather, with no heat in the apartment yet, he has learned to seek out warm places. That can include a lap, although he never really gets comfortable there. But then he found that Hilary's notebook computer also puts out a fair amount of heat, so he could soak up some BTUs without sitting on anyone's lap.1 commentsmudmine
post office at Beijing University147 viewsThis is the one in the foreign guesthouse, where they still put stamps on (unlike the university's main post office, where they just run the mail through a machine to stamp it).mudmine
Hilary in the kitchen144 viewsWhen we first moved in, we had our things from our previous Philadelphia apartment still in storage, so it was a little like camping indoors until our storage cube could be delivered. Once it was delivered, however, we had a great deal of difficulty finding a place for everything, and missed the simpler days before all our stuff showed up. 1 commentsmudmine
EB & Sonja, comedy duo144 views1 commentsmudmine
Sonja and Hilary during the last days in the Baltimore Ave apartment144 viewsmudmine
Sonja shoots her dad143 viewsWith the camera, that is. mudmine
Hilary enoying the deck (and some cider)142 viewsmudmine
Clive soaking up some sun141 viewsThe apartment's west-facing windows let in lots of sun in the afternoons. 1 commentsmudmine
Out picking blueberries135 viewsOur neighbor has blueberry bushes that he kindly allows Sonja to pick from. Sonja's also got her new shades on.mudmine
firefighter and mom135 viewsmudmine
Neighboring row-houses133 viewsThis is taken from the deck looking north. mudmine
Rowan at the zoo133 viewsmudmine
Firefighter after putting Gingerbread man (background) down for a nap130 viewsmudmine
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