This morning, Greg made a trial run to the airport to prepare for picking up Mom and Dad tomorrow morning. We haven’t been to the airport since we arrived and have certainly never driven near there. You all know the reputation airports have for being straightforward, easy to use government services. Well, maybe not. Anyway, this is an excerpt from the email he sent me.
“It took about an hour to drive to the airport this morning. Not sure if the traffic was typical near the airport or not, but it was very slow once I got close. I was beginning to wonder what I had gotten myself into when I saw dozens of policemen setting up a barricade in the middle of the main road as I approached the airport. That and the 10-12 TV cameramen pointing their cameras down the road at me!! Well, at least in my direction. They actually completely stopped the traffic starting with the car just ahead of me, but only for a few seconds. Turns out that the cross straights relations delegation from China – 60 or so people is arriving this morning. They are expecting massive protests, etc. Very tight security. I think I got out of there just in time.”
We usually keep up with the news better than that, but, as you know, we’ve had these unexpected complications in life this week. Here is a link to some news about these things that you might find interesting.
The kids and I have been studying Chinese history, which is much like the rest of world history. Some people want to be in charge of other people or take over their land. If they have a big enough army, they will fight, kill, maim, and plunder for it. People who fight back are often wrongly accused, or their motives questioned. There are a lot of misunderstandings and different points of view about how things should be run. not all of them honest. Often, the wicked guys are more motivated in the power struggle. After all, this world is all they have.