TRAVELOGUE: Catching up with Mom on The Great Wall
They didn’t travel together, but Jean Waid has found herself on a couple of the same international vacations as her mother.
In 1988, Louise Waid biked around Beijing during a trip to China. Two years later, at the age of 71, she spent four days hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.
Last December, Jean and her husband, Jerry Fuxa, took the easier route to the 15th century Inca site: by bus and train. Then, in October, Jean stood in virtually the same spot on The Great Wall of China her mother did 25 years earlier and, like Louise, posed for a photo with a copy of The Daily Sentinel in hand.
The differences between the photos? The Great Wall was vastly more populated with tourists in 2013. And in addition to her own copy of the Sentinel, Jean held a copy of a Sentinel ad featuring her mother’s photo.
“She was very adventuresome that way,” Jean said of her mother, who died in 2011.
Names: Jean Waid and Jerry Fuxa.
Hometown: Grand Junction.
Where did you go? Beijing and Xi’an, China.
When did you go? October 2013.
How long there? 10 days.
Best meal? Every day for lunch and dinner we had Chinese food. Unfortunately, it was mostly at restaurants and not outstanding. Our favorite meals were the breakfasts because we were at Americanized motels and they had huge buffets. We could get an omelet with steamed bok choy. They also had steamed buns with pumpkin in the center. We also had lunch at a tai chi master’s home.
Best deal? I got a new pillow made of silk. It is wonderful to sleep on.
Best time to visit? Not the summer — it’s very crowded and very, very hot. Beijing and Xi’an both have extremely terrible pollution problems. October was great weather temperature-wise. The only thing we’ve heard is if you go later in the winter, it’s cold, but you don’t have the crowds.
One travel tip you’d offer? Don’t be afraid to go to Beijing, especially on your own, because they have a wonderful subway system. That’s the way to get around. With the Olympics, everything is signed in English.