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We have also had the opportunity to travel to some amazing places in China, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Bali. We have archived all of our travels and living experiences abroad; and if you wish, you can read about our adventures by finding the archives on the right of this page and by checking our Photo Album.

We appreciate all of our family and friends who have stayed in touch and emailed us with encouraging words throughout the year. We hope you will continue to keep us in your thoughts as we continue our adventure of living abroad teaching at an international school. For those who have stumbled upon our site, check out the "About Eric and Jamie" section on the right for more information.

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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."
- Mark Twain

"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."
- Maya Angelou






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Saturday, October 25, 2008

IKEA and Metro

Jamie and I went back to IKEA today for a few items. We then went to this Sam's Club type store called Metro. You have to have a membership to get in, but we just walked in with a friend of ours. We would've gotten the free membership, but we didn't have our passports with us. We'll take them next time and get the membership like good boys and girls.

Getting around can be a pain. The cab ride back was 40 RMB or about $5.50. The bus ride there was only about 4 RMB or about 75 cents. It is not that the bus or cab is that difficult, but knowing where to go isn't as simple as Google mapping somewhere and driving there following the street signs.

I'd like to go up to this factory in Bai'an District and check out a projector. The lady sent me the address in English, but that really doesn't do me any good. I know have to figure out how to get there on a bus, then figure out where the factory is from that bus stop. None of this is online. Actually, it is; but it is all in Chinese.

I am beginning research concerning my dissertation and the first obstacle has been getting my hands on a copy of the world history curriculum of China. At the beginning of the year, Chinese teachers are handed their own paper copy. I'm hoping to get a copy of that curriculum and get it translated into English.

Not sure how much translators will cost yet. I'll let you know. I'll also need articles, chapters in books, and other periodicals translated. Seems like a pain but will be well worth it if I can produce the masterpiece dissetation I want to.

Few hours to go before our college football games. Go Vols! and Jamie says something else...

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