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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, April 26, 2009

State Song

The video above was taken on Jamie's digital camera, but turned out pretty well. Jamie and I went to a German restaurant here on Nusa Dua Beach in Bali for dinner last night. There was a Balinese man playing all sorts of American songs on the guitar at the front of the restaurant. He sounded great.

He then played 2 songs that made me feel right at home. The first was the "The Green Green Grass of Home," which is an old family favorite song particularly for my mother. I was simply floored that he knew the song and was playing it. I doubt anyone else in the restaurant had heard it before.

The next song he played was "The Tennessee Waltz." Again, I was shocked and excited. My mother and I danced to this song at mine and Jamie's wedding, so it is special for me as it is to all Tennesseans. I went up there to video him and he asked if I knew how to play the guitar. I said that I didn't but asked him if that was the Tennessee Waltz. He said of course and I told him I was from Tennessee. He said "AH" and understood.

Great stuff. The Tennessee Waltz in a German restaurant in Bali. Very cool.

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