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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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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Chinese New Year Week 2009 Day 2

Sunday. We got up and ate the breakfast downstairs at the hotel. Gary was feeling sick but decided to try and make it out anyway. So, we got ready and hopped on the Hong Kong Island tram car that traverses the island east to west and back. Double decker tram where you can see the city. Very cool and very cheap way to get around. We took the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbor to see the skyline of Hong Kong and Kowloon. Gary by then was not feeling well at all, so he decided to go back to the hotel. Jamie, Kathy, and I walked around Times Square for a while and then headed back to the hotel to take a nap and see how Gary was feeling.

He was not well at all and had slept throughout the day. We took naps ourselves but woke and decided to go check out Victoria Peak at night. It was very nice but very chilly. Jamie and Kathy have been taking all of the pictures for this vacation so far, so I'll have to get them and post them at a later date.

You take a railway tram to the top of the peak. Night is by far the best time to go although it is still hazy. You can see the entire island and it is a breathtaking view. Imagine standing on top of a mountain overlooking Manhattan. After taking the tram back down the mountain, we walked to a party district of Hong Kong Island called Lan Kwai Fong which looks just like any other bar street in the world except pretty steep.

We skipped it and found our Tequila restaurant near the mid-level escalators and then took a cab back to Victoria Park and walked around the Lunar New Year festival they were having. Thousands of people were jammed into the park selling the traditional and lucky flower arrangements, orange trees, and stuff with oxen all over it. We finally headed across the street from our hotel and crashed after checking in on Gary, who was feeling somewhat better. Actually, now that I think of it, we went to the park first before Victoria Peak but I don't want to go back and change it. Lazy I guess.

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