I met a good friend of mine, Raul, came for a visit and I met him down in Santa Barbara. He recently got married in Beijing to a wonderful woman from there. We used to work/intern together at the Santa Fe New Mexican several years ago.
Raul and Ling’s story is so great: Raul loves to travel. Several years ago he took a trip to China to see what it was all about. On his last few days there. He met a young woman named Ling. They hit it off and as soon as he got back home they were emailing, IMing, and Skyping. Months later he took another trip there, and then another-this time he met the parents. When he came back he quit his full time job as a newspaper photographer, sold most of his possessions including his car (I never shown have fixed that dent I made in that thing) and moved to China!!! The got married and…well…lived happily ever after!!! (Although he is still working on his Mandarin which I hear is pretty rough)
These pics are from our drive highway 154 to the “Sideways” movie area for a little wine tasting at a very nice spot called Rusack Winery. I ended my visit with a compelling visit to the beach were the sunset was just amazing.