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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, April 8, 2009

Shenzhen Museum Field Trip

Today, we took our students on a field trip to the Shenzhen Museum. Check out their site HERE - Shenzhen Museum. I can honestly say it is one of the nicest museums I have ever been to. Jamie and another co-worker had gone a couple of Saturdays ago to visit the museum and make some questions for the students to answer. Jamie typed them up, I edited and printed them off and made copies for each student. There were about 50 questions for the students to answer in 3 exhibition halls.

The halls were Ancient Shenzhen, which included artifacts from several thousand years ago, Shenzhen Folk Lore, which included some amazing lifelike exhibits of folk life in Shenzhen from various time periods, and Modern History Shenzhen, which included Shenzhen's attempted occupation and occupation by various groups such as the British and Japanese.

The most impressive of the exhibition halls was the one entitled Shenzhen Opening Up, which included Shenzhen's incredibly vast growth since the early 1970's. The hall wound you through the years as you saw Shenzhen grow from a small little agriculture and fishing village to an industrial and economic megacity of 15 million people. Multimedia presentations, fantastic scale models of the city, and numerous artifacts of modern day were on display with very detailed placards.

Some students enjoyed the museum, but I think most were just glad to be out of school. I'm trying to think if I would have liked it when I was their age. I think the museum itself is very impressive; and while we were there for several hours, several more could be spent reading everything in there.

Jamie took some pictures and I know several students took some. I'll try and get those posted soon. Jamie has her camera in the U.S. right now and I'll get it and copy her pictures on here when she returns.

Shenzhen is not the cultural mecca of China, but this museum sure does make it appear as though they are. Best of all, this museum was free for everyone.

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