A bus ride in London, England pushed Los Alamos resident Frances Richey to make herself a promise.
While traveling with her then-husband to Russia and Europe in 1959, Richey found herself sitting next to a woman on a London bus who had visited China.
As they compared stories, Richey discovered that the woman’s stories of a sunny country filled with smiling people contrasted with her own stories of Moscow drenched in clouds and depression. It was then at 30 years old, Richey decided someday she would visit China herself.
In 1998, Richey fulfilled that promised.