Here's what the boys have been up to...

Chronology

This spring, David attended Starbase Atlantis at the Pacific Aviation Museum on Pearl Harbor

On Osan AB, one of the flying squadrons is nicknamed the Black Cats.  This is the picture inside the door of their café.

Visiting the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul

A Korean amphibious vehicle

Inside the lobby is this large drum, made for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the ROK armed forces.

The Turtle Boat, invented by Admiral Yi Sunshin and used to defeat the Japanese Navy in the 1590s

In the main hall of Jogyesa Temple

One of the haechi statues in front of Gyeongbokgung Palace.  The haechi, a legendary animal representing justice and integrity, is the symbol (and protector) of Seoul.

Outside the Korean Folk History Museum are statues representing the signs of the Chinese zodiac.  Andrew the Ox...

... and David the snake!

The daily bell-ringing ceremony at Bosingak Bell Pavilion

Namdaemun Gate, Korean National Treasure #1.  (Or the replica; the original was burned down a few years ago by an angry citizen.)

Moving on to China!  One of the shi-dogs at the Yonghe Lamasery in Beijing

Outside Chairman Mao’s tomb in Tian’anmen Square

Visiting the Forbidden City

On the right is Babbitt, our tour guide

It’s kind of hard to tell, but that’s a dragon David is hiding under!

It took over 3 years to make this cloisonne urn!  (I didn’t ask how much it cost.)

Who says the Chinese don’t understand capitalism?

Up on the Great Wall at Muianyu

With a kylin, a mythical hooved chimerical creature

The Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an

B-17 “Nine-O-Nine”, on tour courtesy of the nonprofit Collings Foundation of Stow, MA (more info here.)

The NASA Shuttle simulator at the AF Museum

Taking in the sights of Canton

There’s more than one museum in Canton!

Inside is an entire room devoted to manekineko (aka Fortune cats)

Taking in a Reds game
David has been playing in a flag football league on Saturdays; most of his team lives in the neighborhood.  The second picture just happened to be taken at the moment he scored a touchdown!

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Last updated 11 November 2013