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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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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

2009 Presidential Inauguration

Jamie and I stayed up to watch the historic event for which we had been long waiting. I think the new stations over here were telecasting it, but we haven't watched the TV in our apartment for months, so we just watched it on Slingbox (CNN). Wolf Blitzer just cracks me up sometimes.

If we were not in China, we would have made the trip up to DC to partake in the events. I haven't heard the news, but the pundits on TV were saying that it would be/is the most watched event in the history of television (the final episode of M.A.S.H. is #1 with over 100 million viewers if you wanted to know).

Interestingly, the Chinese government has censored the parts of his inaugural address that mentioned communism. Seeing what Jamie and I see every day concerning China should either scare the daylights out of the US or cause everyone in the US to breath a heavy sigh of relief because they would feel no threat.

A few of our international colleagues came up to us and congratulated us on our new President. It is amazing how much more support Obama has internationally than Bush did.

We can only hope that he makes the right decisions, learns from his mistakes, and continues the wonderful example he has provided to millions of Americans who view him as the hope of tomorrow of what could be.

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