Sisters treasure their time together in China |

Sisters treasure their time together in China

Dale Shrull
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Dale Shrull Post IndependentFor sisters Sigred Murray, from Carbondale, and Sharon Strecker, being together is even more of a treat than vacationing in China.

BEIJING, China – Sigred Murray pushed the chopsticks aside and used forks to dig into the Peking duck and other Chinese goodies.

She was too tired and hungry to be tormented by something more difficult than a fork.

After a 13-hour flight with only a few winks of sleep, then a bustling day around Tiananmen Square and the massive Forbidden City, home to emperors and 9,999 rooms, Murray and her sister Sharon Strecker were beat.

But the treat for them wasn’t in their sightseeing memories or what was being served for lunch. No, the treat was that the sisters got to go on vacation together, and better yet, this was a much healthier year for Sigred.

On the one-year anniversary of heart surgery, Sigred was headed to China, not the operating room. She came through the heart surgery, but the sisters are now so happy that they are getting the chance to enjoy life instead of worrying about it.

“I thought this year instead of having surgery I would go to China,” Sigred says with a smile.

Sigred, who is from Carbondale, and Sharon, who lives in Florida, are visiting China as part of a Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association tour group of close to 50 people.

When Sigred heard abbot the trip, she had to make it happen.

“I think that I’ve wanted to go to China since I was in high school,” Sigred says.

After the first day of the tour, the sisters and former Army brats were soaking up the history and savoring the Chinese culture.

“This is very special,” Sharon says about taking a vacation with her sister. “Especially after her surgery last year. It’s really nice. I didn’t get to see her a lot lately.”

With so much on the sightseeing plate, Sigred and Sharon will have lots of memories to take back to the states. Sigred might even give those pesky chopsticks a try.

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