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ITALY | Sunday, 19 Aug 2007 | Views [665] | Comments [3]

After 5 weeks in China, I was ready to get home. I was really 'romesick'  Well, it was a mix of wanting to leave and wanting to be at home to lounge around on the couch and do nothing.  I arrived home safe and sound a week ago. Once again, I went ... Read more >

Tags: Rome Sweet Home

a dinner invitation

CHINA | Saturday, 11 Aug 2007 | Views [694]

The week I left Wuhan I had  dinner at my student's home. I was just half- looking forward to it but in the end, it was a great time. I welcomed the special invitation into someone's home but I know how tiring it can be to NOT understand ... Read more >

Tags: family


CHINA | Saturday, 11 Aug 2007 | Views [522]

When I heard there was a Walmart in Wuhan, I knew I had to take a look. I have seen McD's in lots of cities (in Wuhan too) and they are all the same. Even knowing this, I didn't imagine that the big American discount chain could do the ... Read more >

Tags: Shopping

looking for a bargain

CHINA | Saturday, 11 Aug 2007 | Views [505] | Comments [3]

  China is not what I expected. Wuhan and Beijing are just like any other metropolitan cities in North America but with a lot more neon lighting. There are tons of shopping malls with all the same products you'll find in the U.S. A few nights ... Read more >

Tags: Shopping


CHINA | Monday, 6 Aug 2007 | Views [746] | Comments [4]

these are so inexpensive! and when my student bargained for me, the price went even lower--from cheap to dirt cheap in a 15 second exchange of words. I bought American TV shows. I can easily rent dvds in Rome but not the TV shows, just movies.... Read more >

Tags: Shopping

Ants in your pants??

CHINA | Monday, 6 Aug 2007 | Views [1153] | Comments [5]

No, not in your pants but for your foot massage . . . My weekly treat is a pedicure/foot massage along with a neck, shoulder and back massage. This 90 minute event is wonderful. It is so relaxing and relieves all the neck and shoulder stress after ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

Sleeping student

CHINA | Sunday, 5 Aug 2007 | Views [417] | Comments [2]

One afternoon last week a male student stretched out during the 10 minute break and fell asleep.  I didn't bother to wake him up when the lesson resumed.  I was so impressed. Imagine a row of airline seats with arm rests that don't lift up and the tray ... Read more >

Tags: Teaching and the students

speaking english?

CHINA | Sunday, 5 Aug 2007 | Views [852] | Comments [1]

By the time I leave here next Friday, I will have taught roughly 200 students about American higher education. We are working on a rotating basis. Each teacher spends 8 or 9 hours with each group before meeting a new group and teaching them the same thing.... Read more >

Tags: Teaching and the students

Let them eat cake!

CHINA | Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | Views [790] | Comments [1]

I wrote that Chinese sweets don't tempt me. I should re-state that. The cakes do---but just because of the designs, color, and the look. There have been 2 birthdays and a going away party. Each time there was an elaborately decorated cake. They are ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Let's eat

CHINA | Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | Views [585] | Comments [4]

It's good even if most the time I am not sure what it is I am eating. Ok, the fact that I don't have to go the store, haul groceries home, cook dinner and then wash dishes afterwards does not change the fact that the food is tasty. These aspects only ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

The weather—some relief . . .temporarily

CHINA | Sunday, 29 Jul 2007 | Views [468] | Comments [7]

One of my students called Wuhan “a stove”, another called it “an oven.” Wikipedia refers to it as “a furnace.” In any case, you get the idea--it's hot! Not just hot, but really really hot and muggy. . . ugh. The first week here was awful. I didn't want ... Read more >

Tags: the weather

Chopsticks 101

CHINA | Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007 | Views [637] | Comments [4]

We are a group of about 30 teachers—and it seems like 29 know how to use chopsticks. Maybe it isn't so but I do feel like I am the only one who can't use them very well. Forks are always available but I  have decided when in Rome . . . or in this case, ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Gallery: My pics

CHINA | Tuesday, 24 Jul 2007 | Photo Gallery

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the hotel

CHINA | Tuesday, 24 Jul 2007 | Views [464] | Comments [8]

I got to Wuhan via a luxury train. It was fabulous.  Then I got to the hotel . . . ummm, what can I say . . . I guess, 'less fabulous' can describe it. I don't really spend much time in my room. Mostly, I am in the teachers computer room checking ... Read more >

Tags: Luo Jia Shan Hotel

Yellow Crane Tower

CHINA | Saturday, 21 Jul 2007 | Views [470] | Comments [1]

So, it isnt a building crane.  I wasnt really thinking about birds before our 8am bus departure from our hotel to the site.   Yellow crane tower is a historic tower at the bank of the Yangtze River. Supposedly the view is great . . .It wasn't bad--I ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

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