Vermont and Ottawa, August 1999
A month or so after returning from China, I had a chance to visit my Chinese
student-friend Li Mei and her husband Jhanrong in Ottawa, where they are
studying in the Department of Applied Physics at Carleton University. I have
first met Li Mei at a meeting of the Chinese Aerosol Society that was held at
the China Institute for Radiation Protection, where she worked, in Taiyuan. I
and other attendees were struck by her friendliness, concern, and capabilities.
We kept in touch off and on over the years, and when she was about to realize
her long-time dream of studying in North America, I was able to help out. During
the two years that are required for her to get the M.S. degree in medical
physics, I will be visiting roughly twice a year. They invited me up in August
for my first summer visit.
As chance would have it, I had just been corresponding with my old aerosol buddy Rich Poirot, if the State of Vermont's Air Pollution Control Office, in Montpelier. We decided that I would make it a "twofer" by stopping along the way to see him again, since the best route from Rhode Island to Ottawa passes within a few miles of Montpelier. Then I decided to make it a "threefer" by stopping to see my JFK buddy Jean Davison, who lives in Burlington, Vermont, which lies between Montpelier and the Canadian border. These pictures chronicle my trip.
Rich Poirot, Montpelier, VT
Jean Davison, Burlington, VT
Li Mei and Jhanrong, Ottawa
To the top of Royal Mountain
At the top and down
More downtown scenes
Hot-air balloons; the apartment
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