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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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Monday, March 29, 2010

Chengdu - Friday - Day 1

From Chengdu March 2010 Jamie

Jamie and I left early this morning on a 7:30 flight to Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan province in China. This province was in the news a couple of years ago because of the terrible 8.0 earthquake that claimed the lives of about 68,000 people. It is also known for its beautiful national parks and varied landscapes. Another reason for our journey is for their world renowned panda bears.

We checked in to our hostel, Chengdu Traffic Inn, around 11:30 and then hit the town to see some of the sites. We had seen a Tex-Mex restaurant on the map, so we headed toward it first to see if it was any good. Chengdu is sort of in the middle of the country, so we didn't think that their tex-mex would be that good. We were surprised when it was actually quite tasty. We walked to Tianfu Square and then bussed around the city and toured through the Qingyang Taoist Temple. This was the first Taoist temple Jamie and I have been through. This one was nice enough, although it looked somewhat cheap and touristy. I'll let you do your own research into the Taoist belief system, but I will tell you that it is most famous for the belief and symbol the yin and the yang.

We simply could not find a bus or a taxi that took us back to our hotel, so we just walked the whole way back, probably about 3 miles across the city. No big deal; but since I had been sick, we were exhausted. I went straight to bed without dinner and slept for 13 hours straight. Certainly needed due to our last few days. Plus we wanted to be rested for the pandas the next day.

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