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Tagged With: travel

Home Sweet Home: China in Minnesota

All of you who’ve read my posts are awesome. Thank you for following along. While I’m sad to see this journey end, I’m excited with anticipation because this was just my first try. I’ll be writing many more travel-inspired pieces as I explore new parts of the world. (Next on my radar is East Africa.) … Continue reading »

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Impressed With China

So did my year in China have me looking back with appreciation for its history and spirit? Or were the pollution and big government detractors of my enjoyment? Yes. Days before I left to go to China a liberal-minded friend said he was interested to see if my political views might change upon being in … Continue reading »

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Letting Go, Letting Life

The trek was over. I got back to Zhuhai, my home in China for the past eleven months. But though I was done trekking, I wasn’t through with traveling: I had 48 left in China to ready for a long journey back to Minnesota. This included the boring stuff like getting all my money out … Continue reading »

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Wild Monkeys

It was my last day at the Wu Dang Shan Tai Chi Academy. I was leaving at four o’clock that afternoon. And the anticipation of my exit provided a new vibe to my remaining hours. One thing I wanted to squeeze in that final day was to explore a creek that flowed in the valley … Continue reading »

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One Final Trek: Off to Beijing

After my year teaching was complete, I set off. I had amassed an amazing amalgamation of experiences in and around Zhuhai. But free from my job, it was time to explore far off places in China. The next several posts will be an account of this trip I took almost exactly a year ago to the … Continue reading »

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Yangshuo: Grateful for Rain

Yes, that’s right. I was grateful for the “bad” weather during my time there. Crazy, huh? Well, normally I’d wish for blue skies just like the next fella, but something about this place made the rain feel appropriate. In fact, sunny weather would’ve been a bit lacking. Day two ends my three-part series about this … Continue reading »

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Macau, China: Casinos, Cannons, and Cremation

Macau just might be one of the coolest places you’ve never heard of. I hadn’t until I moved to Zhuhai, the city in China adjacent to its north. Because of this proximity, I was lucky enough to check it out. Now, so can you. So what’s up with this place called Macau? Well, there’s the … Continue reading »

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Back to School Part Two: Student Teaching

The semester was under way. I was in full swing teaching English: flinging the verbage and nounage and adjectiveage in my best Minnesotanese. And though it may seem a more boring or ordinary example of what I did in China—certainly a more regular one—this steady involvement also created an intimacy which, in turn, allowed for … Continue reading »

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Dipping My Toes

They say the four stages of living abroad are as follows: Honeymoon—it’s aaaall good! Hostility—this place stinks with all its corruption and pollution and no English TV! Humor—settling in allows you to laugh at yourself and the things around you. Home—in the rhythm of being a regular. I’m not sure if I ever felt that … Continue reading »

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The Arrival

I touched down in China at 9 a.m., August, 28th, 2010 after flying 13 hours across the Pacific to this other hemisphere. Finally. After unsuccessfully trying to sleep sitting up in a cramped coach seat, I had reached Guangzhou. Guangzhou is a city of 12.8 million (the third largest in China) on the southern coast … Continue reading »

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