Hi Mark and Success:
Sorry I'm taking so long in getting back to you
after our return. Everyone returned safely and Kyle is in Japan starting
his new job. I want to thank you for putting this last trip together for
us and want to apologize for my unkind words to you when in Tibet. I had
no reason to yell at you as it was not your fault. Sorry again. Janet
and I had colds at the end of the trip and it's taken until now to get
of the cold and jet lag.
As for the trip it was wonderful but a little
difficult for people in our age group. 2 of our members suffered from
altitude sickness but recovered when returning to lower altitudes. The
bus rides were a little tough throughout the entire trip except on the
freeways. The trip to the Panda Reserve is very rough as a new dam is
being built so half the ride is on bumpy unpaved highways. The reward
after this trip was the Panda Reserve. For most this was the highlight
of the trip. Most took pictures with a panda on their laps while I paid
extra and went into the 8 and 9 months old pens and played with them
What fun and something I'll cherish and remember for the rest of my
The guides were very good on this trip. They were
informative, kind and very thoughtful to all of us. I know what guides
have to put up with and they handled everything very well. Please thank
Tasi (Tibet), Sparrow (Chengdu), Jamie (Chongqing) and especially Frank
The hotels you picked for us were wonderful. There
was only one other couple that made the trip with us 2 years ago but
there were others that had been to China with us before and they all
raved about the hotels, meals and the services that you provided. Thank
from everyone to you and Success.
It looks as though we can get a pretty good group
together for the Silk Road. I hope it is a little easier than Tibet.
When you have time would you send me a sample itinerary for a trip to
the Silk Road. I imagine it starts in Beijing or Shanghai, onto Xian but
do not know what happens afterwards.
Thank you for the wonderful gifts. The scroll is
quite long and I have to find an appropriate place of honor for it. We
haven't tried the tea yet but will.
Mark, please take care of yourself and let me hear
how you're doing.
From Your good friends in
America................Janet and Floyd Kondo