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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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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Back in the Groove

Jamie and I have had a relaxing weekend and fixed up our apartment a little bit. We went to Wal-Mart (which is an experience in and of itself in China) and bought a new sheet set and bedspread for our guest bedroom. Jamie's parents will be here in 2 weeks and will need a place to crash. We've scheduled a pretty cool trip for them for Chinese New Year with 2 nights in Hong Kong, 2 nights here in Shekou, and 4 nights in Beijing. It'll be a great experience for all of us.

We finally were able to put up some shelves in the guest bedroom so my clothes do not have to be stacked on the bed anymore. It is really nice now, but my clothes are scattered from our bedroom to the guest bedroom. It is ok though.

Our AYI starts work on Tuesday. Our AYI will help with some cleaning for an hour per day, 4 days per week; and when we are gone on vacation, 2 hours every day in order to take care of Griffey. She will do basic cleaning and laundry and will be big help. When else are we going to be able to afford a maid to come and clean up after us? In the states... Never!

We just discovered (not sure why it has taken us this long) that we can download movies from ITunes and rent them. It only costs $3.99 for one movie which is basically what you'd pay at Blockbuster. I had tried Netflix downloads, but you can't do it out of the country.

I have added some captions to our pictures from Thailand. I am not finished with them completely, but it does help explain a few of the things. I think I might have failed to mention the snake, scorpion, and gecko whiskey we saw. I took pictures of it and even tried the snake whiskey. What is snake whiskey? Not sure but there was an entire snake in the bottle. Check out the photos of the Golden Triangle for more photos of it.

All for now and I just wanted to update everyone on the weekend. Blog has slowed down considerable, but that is expected. There will be plenty to discuss once we get to Beijing and finally see that city and of course the Great Wall.

Have a great rest of the weekend!


snake said...

Hi, I'm looking for information about Snake wine, do you have any ?
This is Snake wine:
I found your website on Google when searching other shops to buy Snake liquor but I can't find any information here, can you help?

thanks a lot.

Eric Brown said...


The only place I have seen this was on the Golden Triangle on the Laos side. That website you pointed me to said it was was a drink in Southeast Asia. In my travels, I have only ever seen it at this little touristy destination when we got off a boat to go to the Laos side on the Golden Triangle. They had a ton of it there. As you can see from the pictures, it literally is a snake and a scorpion inside the bottle and I guess you make it like you would any other wine/whiskey/liquor. Interesting stuff and a good conversation starter if you have any. We only bought a small bottle, but now I kinda wish I had bought more. I'll post again if I ever see any more while traveling around. I'm sure I will. It wasn't in Cambodia that we saw.

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