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Trip to Vietnam

Hello all! I know I’ve been getting quite behind with my blog posts, and I thought I’d take a little break from mid-term studying to try to catch up a bit. So as I may have mentioned before, at the end of March, my father and I took a trip together to Vietnam. At first I wasn’t too happy as my journey from Hiroshima to Hanoi, Vietnam would take about 34 hours, with 27 of those being in layovers. However, I was up for the challenge. My experiences in the […]

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Philippines and Vietnam

Two months ago, I took a trip to the Philippines. I finally received the pictures from Harry, so it’s time to tell that story. We started out the trip taking a flight to Manila, the largest city in the country. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but for some reason had the notion that the Philippines was mostly rural. I was wrong. Manila is urban, gigantic, and hands-down the most awful place I have ever been. The traffic is devastatingly disgusting, and because of that the cab drivers will not […]

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Margaret: 世界 – Shìjiè – the World

So here’s the deal.  I’ve been back from Vietnam and South Korea for more than twenty days, and life has been absolutely crazy crazy.  A few days after I arrived, my parents came to Beijing for a week!  It was incredibly wonderful to see them and share my Chinese life with them, however their hotel was all the way on the other of the city, and I spent a considerable amount of time flagging cabs and dropping ‘big’ bucks on transport.  I felt like a chicken with my head cut […]

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Margaret: Searching for Shangri-La

Adventure.  Of.  A.  Lifetime.  In ten days time, Brian and I got burned by the sun of the Yuanyang rice terraces, “wasted away” with other washed up expats on the banks of Erhai in Dali, strolled the Epcot-esque streets of Lijiang with a serendipitously encountered old friend, almost died in Tiger Leaping Gorge, and woke up to frozen toothpaste in Shangri La.  FYI we both lived to tell the tale, with a few first degree sunburns, some minor frostbite, and a blown out knee. After showing Brian a bit of […]

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Margaret: 圣诞节 – Shèngdàn jié – Christmas

I am tired.  After a truly excruciating week of exams (one test had over 225 new characters), Michael and I headed to WuDaoKou last night to ring in the new year, albeit without plans or 150 RMB tickets to Nova, Beijing’s biggest New Year’s Eve party.  Before we knew it, we found ourselves in a bar surrounded by friends!  In a blur of colors, lights, drinks, and taxis, we were waltzing down the red carpet leading into Nova, housed in a giant, disused industrial gas tank.  Beijing nights…  Happy New […]

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