Archive for April, 2007

Chongqing

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Hi dear children
We continue to have fun thru hard leg work.
Yesterday we visited the muslim quarter in Xian and their Minaret, which is totally different from the ones we know, it is more like a pagoda.
They have inscripts in arabic but the letters are caligraphed in chinese style. The muslim quarter has an endless market with all kind of pichevkes. I bought a bike “paamon” and a compass for pennies. We then went to a closeby Mall, with prices competing with “Kikar Hamdina”. We bought Chinese children books with chinese, english and phonetic spelling.
Then we had a dinner in a (chinese, how not) restaurant/theater, buffet style, including sushi and dumplings. So far we haven’t been using much of the food we brought for mom because she gets reasonable vegetarian food.
Next, an hour flight to Chongqing, the beginning of the southern part of china. It’s a city of more then 30 million poeple, on the banks of the Yangtse river. On the outskirts we saw very primitive living of the very basic agriculture and then next a city of thousands of skyscrapers Beijing style. We strolled the banks of the river, danced on a square with thousands of chinese people and now Mom is probably deep in …

Greetings from China

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

It’s our 4th day in China. The first 2.5 days we spent in Beijing which is stepping on the footsteps of Shanghai: A fast growing modern City with a lot of sky scrapers, highways, bridges, traffic jams and not so much bycicles. The old quarters are being wiped out, every bit of material (like bricks, iron etc.) are being recycled and new apartment hirisers are placed instead in short time. Our guide, Yehuda Shafrir, is himself surprised of the pace. We saw the New Olympic stadium in the last stages of building (from the highway) and it seems amazing, apart of the technological wonders according to Yehuda. We visited all the important sites like the summer palace, Tien an men square, the forbidden city and climbed the “Givat hapecham”. Mom climbed it very well to my big surprise. Maybe our morning walks contributed to that. Before leaving the Capital we went to the Great wall. It’s a steep piece of the wall and mom again did very well strolling up more than 200 steps. I continued another few hundred to reach a pagoda at the top point.
Yesterday we flew to Xian (where I am writing from), about 1.5 hours flight south west of Beijing. It’s the ancient capital of China. Today we visited the Terracota soldiers site, which is amazing when you hear the story and see the excavations and the huge amount of soldier figures natural size. Then we visited a terracote figurines factory (these are commercially being sold on every corner) and a Jade “factory” where we saw beautiful art works made of that stone. Mom bought earing, to complete her “sharsheret”.
This evening we had a dumplings festival in a restaurant in the city. we had about 10 different dumplings (mom eats vegeterian only and is sitting at a vegeterian table together with a few other tzadikim) and it was delightful. tomorrow a flight to chongching, after visiting here the muslim quarter and a mosque.
Please forward this message to Sarit, Benny and whoever you want. I cannot reach my contact list because of a computer problem here.
I also can not read the inbox letters. I hope further down the trip the computer conditions will improve.
Wish you a Succesfull start of your big American Tour.
Kiss the kids for us
Dad

Greetings from china test

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Hi there
I am in Xian and the computer is a chinese one with chinese characters.
I am trying to send this message. If OK the next follows.
Dad

Ch ch changes…

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Foster City, CA

As some of you already know, we have decided to take a year off and do some serious traveling. We are fortunate enough to be able to leave everything in limbo for the time being, deferring big decisions like where to live, what to do, etc… to next year. Our children are young enough to not really miss any schooling, and hopefully old enough to enjoy this great adventure. We packed up our house yesterday and it is now sitting in 4 large storage boxes in a warehouse. On Monday we are renting an RV, and early Tuesday morning setting out for a long, exciting journey across western US and Canada. We’ll be back in the bay area midsummer for a few days before taking off for the next leg of travel. I still can’t believe this is happening, but I’m sure we’ll get used to the gypsy lifestyle rather quickly. We plan to post blogs and photos regularly. Feel free to comment, email or call with questions, suggestions, and other mixed fruit.

Hemi (The Traveling Weingartens)

Coast Trail Hike

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Tzach and I got up real early (3:30am) and drove to Point Reyes to hike a section of the California coastline known as The Coastal Trail. It is a beautiful 16 mile hike that winds along the cliffs and beaches between Point Reyes park and Bolinas.  The weather was just perfect for hiking; we were lucky to get a beautiful sunny day in this usually foggy part of California. My highlight was Almere falls, a  30 meter waterfall straight onto the beach. You can see some pictures by clicking here.

View south from Coastal Trail

Happy Yom Ha-Atzmaut

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

Happy Israel independence day!!! Click on th picture below to see more images of these young patriots…

Happy Independence

Video from Ron’s Party

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

Ron’s Birthday Party

Friday, April 20th, 2007

A week after turning 4, Ron celebrated today with select friends at local kiddie favorite “Pump it Up”.  From their website:

Jump, Climb, Slide, and Bounce your way into Pump It Up, America’s #1 Inflatable Party Zone! Pump It Up, voted “Best Place to Have a Birthday Party,” features giant, custom designed, fun-filled, interactive inflatable play structures.

Judging by the children’s enthusiasm, this is really a successful party concept. We’ll let you decide, dear reader, after taking a look at the pictures.

Ron leading the kids into the action zone

After 90 minutes of aerobics, moms and dads desperately trying to locate their missing children in the inflatable mazes, and mingling of parents, we were treated to delicious pizza and birthday cake. Ron blew out all his candles and got lots of cool presents. Ron says thanks to everyone who came.

Banana Time

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

Shir and Orr eating like big girls…

Orr and the House

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

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