24 day Silk Road & Classic China Tour for Maddie this week.
Maddie, the fabric designer, is in 7th heaven. China has always fascinated her and through good fortune, from an old friend she once worked with, is able to go on this trip with all expenses paid. She cried and she laughed. While she tells Ruth about some of her travel plans, she doesn't tell her of some of the dangers she'll be in. Traveling through the desert, some travel, the tour guides say, are better on bicycle rather than walking. "When was the last time I rode a bicycle?", she wonders. Of course the camel ride should be most interesting. Her husband is concerned but knows it would be useless to talk her out of this. On his own, he has contacted the tour guides and received every detail of the 24 day tour. He's told Maddie that "if he doesn't hear from her at every stop, he's sending in the military". Although she thinks it so sweet to worry about her, deep down she's a bit nervous herself. Making sure she has enough thyroid medication and pain medication included in her bag of essentials.
The silk piece that Maddie is sending Ruth is from a piece of silk my sister sent to our Mom from her tour in the military. It was made in a factory in Hong Kong, Standard H.K. It is a beautiful red that is very shiny but doesn't show up very well. There is also some red embroidery (stems and leaves) that don't show up very well either. Actually I'm not sure if it is embroidered or if it is actually woven. It really is beautiful.
I drew the map from one I found on google.com images. (Image was posted from this website. I wanted it simple and something that Maddie would have wanted to copy for her friend. She's made another one to fit in her journal and she'll be able to record her adventures on the map as her journey progresses.
Her postcard reads: Ruth, you'll think I'm crazy but I could not help myself. Camels & cars. In Xi'an Terracotta Warriors & Horses, Bell Tower, Drum Tower and the Xi'an Ancient City Wall. We are even going to see ancient camel footprints. Hope you like this piece of silk for your collection. Forgive my stitching. Bumpy bus ride & primitive tools. PRAY FOR ME! Maddie
Saw "Raise the Red Lantern", 1991 Directed by Yimou Zhang, on the flight over. WOW!