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Sep 21, 2011 - Thoughts of China...

Hello all if you are reading this it is because you would like to know how I am doing in China... Well all is awesome so far, I've been here for about 3 weeks now; still getting familiar with my city. I currently live in Zhengzhou. It is a very, very, very busy place! I have learned that if you do not pay attention as you are walking off the, bus, taxi or even crossing the street; you may get hit by on coming traffic! Well in America, pedestrians have the right-a-way...Hmmm not in CHINA! lol I am being to make some friends. Some are...

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Sep 14, 2011 - The IKEA Experience

As I was strolling down the street with my friends Sean and Tom in search of a place to eat lunch, I saw (much to my surprise) the ever familiar bright yellow IKEA sign in the distance. Without hesitation, I yelled out “IKEA!” The guys both laughed and looked in the direction I was facing, and we agreed to check it out. The IKEA experience in Tampa is one that I cherish. On nights when Ben and I go out late, the morning is made so much easier when we decide to visit IKEA for some very inexpensive breakfast and a quiet yet joyful stroll...

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Sep 6, 2011 - The Chinese Hospital Experience...I lived through it!

It all started on a rainy Monday. My plan for the day was to ride my bike from the college to the high school, but that plan quickly changed when I woke at 6:30 to find that it was still pouring from the night before. I then decided to pop in the last few seasons of “Lost” that I hadn’t finished yet. Somewhere between my gi dan (egg) baozi (big dumpling) and yogurt for breakfast and the gi dan mian (egg, tomato, cucumber, noodles) for lunch I started experiencing a less than pleasant stabbing in my upper abdomen. This pain occurred about...

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Jul 28, 2011 - Interesting Things Part 1

Elevators—I have been on elevators my entire life but never in an office setting, and especially not in an office that is over 15 stories high. This may explain why I thought it was odd that when on the 7th floor waiting to go down to lunch we entered the elevator that was going up to the 14th floor just to come back down to the 7th floor, full, then to go down to the 1st. I wonder if this is a China practice or if all over the world this is exercised. Pedicure—For my lovely friend Laura’s birthday we decided to go and get pedicures.....

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Jul 28, 2011 - High School

Well, I’m currently at a new location: the Foreign Language High School of Zheng Zhou. I am somewhere around the north western part of ZZ, and 10 miles or so away from my previous apartment, friends, shops, and overall civilization. The high school has an iron gate surrounding it on all four sides. The front of the school has at all times of the day 3 to 4 guards sitting on their asses doing nothing from what I can tell. I’ve come to find out that all of the students have ID cards which they must scan in order to leave or enter the school....

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Jul 6, 2011 - Tour de Zhengzhou

Recently I have gone on a variety of bike rides. I took my first ride because of the quickness that bikes provide. Here bikes and scooters are allowed on all roads and sidewalks, as are most cars, but on some sidewalks there are only bikes and scooters. I was making my way to the local Wal-Mart by way of bicycle. It was so pleasant to be riding along the road, wind in my hair, smile on my heart (open mouths are not a good idea because of the dirt factor ). I did my shopping and decided to make my way back home down a different route. It...

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Jun 11, 2011 - A Series of Unfortunate Events

The weekend started out just like any other, but little did I know that it would be one of the most interesting weekends in China. Saturday night there was a “BBQ” for a friend that will be leaving soon and may not return. This “BBQ” consisted of around ten of us sitting around a “grill.” We left the food decisions to the men, who purchased chicken, mutton, green peppers, onions, garlic, and bread. One of the waitresses came over and did most of the grilling for us. The night then moved to Target, a small bar where most of the foreigners...

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May 15, 2011 - Grottoes

I don’t know why, and I’m not one to ask questions when given something good, but for some reason May 1st is a holiday. That meant that there was not school on Saturday through Monday. This apparently was the perfect time for one of my student's parents to invite me on a trip to LouYang. During the last weeks of April and the first few weeks of May the peony flowers are in bloom and this city is famous for them. I asked if my friend Christina could come and of course they said yes. Sunday morning at 7:30 am Christina and I made our way...

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May 5, 2011 - Chinese Shears

So after weeks of contemplation, and the realization that I had single hairs going in multiple directions with multiple split ends, I finally decided to get a hair trim. My original plan was to not cut my hair for the full year that I am in China, something I’ve never done before. China had another plan however; it decided to have horrible water and even worse dry conditions which is a nightmare for someone that is used to good water and an endless amount of moisture in the air. My friend Christina and I made our way to the Chains of...

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Apr 14, 2011 - 6 Month Milestone

I have officially been in China for 6 months now. I must say it is such a cliché, but time has flown by so fast. It feels like such a short time ago that I was buying warm clothes to prepare for winter and today I find myself sunbathing in my crocs and athletic shorts watching my students do some form of taekwondo, which is what they do for PE. The trees now have bits of green leaves on them and the city has planted new flowers in various places. I have decided to wait another week, or until after the next rainfall, to go to a large park...

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Apr 1, 2011 - Comida Chinesa - Um Assunto A Parte

A comida chinesa eh um assunto a parte... Nadas a ver com o que temos no Brasil.NADA MESMO!!!! Aqui em Chenjiagou, entao, nem se fala!!! Beijing, apesar da diferenca, foi um paraiso de novas delicias! Mesmo com os insetinhos da feirinha de Wangfujing [escorpiao, cobra, casulo de bicho da seda e etc]. Ate a cerveja deles eh muito gostosa... bem levinha e nao tem gosto residual de cevada!! Mas, oh... soh para contextualizar agora estamos em Chenjiagou, na vila onde nasceu o estilo CHEN de taijiquan ha seculos atras. Hj a cidade - ainda com...

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Mar 26, 2011 - Chegando em Luoyang

CHEGAMOS em Luoyang. A viagem de trem, apesar de um cadinho confusa, foi otima! O Vagao era todo nosso, com cabines de 4 camasDormi como um anjo! Agora estamos num cafe com cara de Starbucks (to no tablet da Tuca), mas confuso como so os Chineses sabem ser. Rssrs Eh que na preocupacao de controlar tudo eles complicam demais a logistica. . . Por exemplo, estamos esperando ha 30, e nosso cafe com torradas nao chagou ate agora. . . Kakaka. . . Agora seguiremos de onibus para Chenjiagou. Serao 7 dias de treino,8h/dia. Assim q der mando...

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