Brief Blogging Hiatus

I’ll be taking a brief hiatus from blogging during the first three weeks of August. Tomorrow we leave for China. You might wonder why we would go to China during the hottest time of the year. For example, our first stop, Xiamen, is expected to hit 95F today, which is fairly typical weather for this time of year (actually its comparable to the unusual weather we’ve been having in Seattle over the last week). The timing of the trip is driven by a boat we’re buying nearing completion in a Xiamen China boat yard: Boat Progress. The goal is to see the boat roughly 90% complete so we can catch any issues early and get them fixed before the boat leaves the yard. And, part of the adventure of building a boat, is to get a chance to visit the yard and see how they are built.

We love boating but, having software jobs, we end up working a lot. Consequently, the time we do get off, we spend boating between Olympia, Washington and Alaska. Since we seldom have the time for non-boat related travel, we figured we should take advantage of visiting China and see more than just the boat yard.

After the stop at the boat yard in Xiamen, we’ll visit Hong Kong, Guilin, Yangshou, Chengdu, and do a cruise of the Yangtze River and then travel to Xian followed by Beijing before returning home.


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8 comments on “Brief Blogging Hiatus
  1. Thanks for the welcome to China greeting KISS. We’re having a great time. The last couple of days we have been in Hong Kong and the previous three in Xiamen. Later today we head to Guilin.

  2. KISS says:

    Welcome to China, have a great trip!

    -a long-time reader from China

  3. Great hearing from you Kevin.

    We’ve spent 1 day in Narita Japan and 1 in Xiamen China and, so far, it’s been a great trip. I’m looking forward to catching up with you and what’s happening at Socrata when we return.


    James Hamilton,

  4. Sounds like a lot of fun, James. Have a great time in China and HK. Look forward to catching up in late August or early September.

  5. Thanks folks.

    We’re in Narita today and yesterday and will be flying out to Xiamen China later later today. We had a great afternoon exploring Narita yesterday and we’ll visit the boat at the yard later today.


  6. Matt Simmons says:

    That sounds amazing. Make sure to take lots of pictures so you can show us everything you’re doing when you get back!

  7. Thirumalesh Bhat says:

    James ,have a great trip!

  8. Tom says:

    James, have a great trip and best of luck with the boat.

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