Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bustin' out the Highlighter

I can’t believe it! It is almost 10:00pm, and I am still awake! I’ve had the worst jetlag of my life. The past few nights I’ve gone to bed around 8:00pm and gotten up before 5:00am. This is a pretty big accomplishment for me! Ok, so I’m finally home and have a little time to catch up on my latest adventure. CHINA!

Talk about CRAZY! I won’t go into much detail because there is a ton! I think I’ll just make a list of some highlights for now (in no particular order):
-Got a great massage for about $12 for over an hour
-Learned how to use chopsticks fairly well
-Ate everything, and loved most
-Got some bad food poisoning when I ate normal (odd)
-Went to the Olympics
-Saw the Terracotta Soldiers
-Climbed the Great Wall (and got the t-shirt to prove it)
-Used the hole in the ground toilets (I call them the “squatters”)
-Bargained in the markets (got some sweet deals, too)
-Rode the overnight second class train to Qufu
-Witnessed the diaperless bottoms
-Climbed up a pagoda
-Night swam in the Yellow Sea
-Hiked up a mountain to a Taoist temple
-Rode in taxis with crazy drivers
-Almost died every time I crossed the street
-Had experiences I will never forget
I have a bad internet connection, so I’ll post more pictures later, and add some pictures from white water rafting. I am about to fall asleep, so I’ll call it quits here. Goodnight everyone!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

再见...or GoodBye!

I’m skippin’ town for a couple weeks! Look for me in the crowd at the Olympic Games! (I shouldn’t be too hard to spot). What’s the #1 thing I’m looking forward to in China, you ask? The fried starfish on a stick! I am going to be so digestively inclined by the time I get back. My goal: eat anything (that’s “passed through the fire” of coarse) and pray I don’t have to go to the T.P. deficient bathrooms persistently. It will be great!

For all those who have finished classes and are now on a little break, HAVE A GREAT BREAK! For those who aren’t…umm, hope you like work! Or whatever you’re doing! I’ll have you all in mind while I’m climbing the Great Wall, or enjoying a little Zen meditation with some Buddhist monks. Well, maybe not while I’m meditating. I’m not supposed to think about anything then…but any other time, you’re there! Later everyone!

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Monday, August 4, 2008

I've Got the WHOLE WORLD...

Ok, is it just me or is it hard to find a good map of the world online? I found one just now thanks to the wonderful world of Wiki. (Which I learned from Cash Cab comes from a Hawaiian word for fast!). For those who love the world as much as i do, take a look at this!...Yeah, it’s just the world, but it’s the WHOLE WORLD!

The days are counting down! I leave on Saturday for an adventure of a life time!..In China! I won’t have much access to a computer while I’m there, so I’ll have to blog about it when I get back. Alright folks! I’ll have three continents under my belt after this!..hmmm I think I’m going to try for them all! Here's a map to give you an idea of where all I need to go. I’m shooting for the all 7 option...Well, I’m not in too big of a hurry for Antarctica. I don’t love the cold…

*Asia *
*North America*
South America