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I found an interesting article about “The Lost Girls” – three girls who took a year off from work to travel around the world. They have a very popular blog. http://www.budgettravelonline.com/bt-dyn/content//article/2007/02/28/AR2007022801647.html Check out # 7 in the article. In Myanmar, they discovered Blogspot was blocked (just like in China!) They went around to the shadowy alleys, asking for a hook-up! And found it. I haven’t seen their site yet but hopefully will check it out Monday. http://lostgirlsworld.blogspot.com. Some of their photos are amazing – I’m sure their blog is too.


http://current.newsweek.com/budgettravel/2007/06/are_you_the_ugly_american.html Today driving home from work, Dan was talking about going to dinner at a nice German restaurant last week and have a group of Americans who were extremely drunk, causing a huge scene. It not only Americans that make mistakes traveling to other countries (though perhaps we exhibit these behaviors more than others) but the list is a good thing to review from time to time. I just try to look at everything as though it is just different. For example: We think Western toilets are great and squat toilets are disgusting. In China, Western toilets aren’t seen as clean – I believe it’s because you touch the seat. (not 100% sure though.) Is there some way to really tell which side is correct? Nope – it’s just a difference so you just deal with it.

Jon has been in Beijing all week. Today he kept having to push his flight off later and later, but he is making it home! Tomorrow our master bedroom furniture will be delivered, so we will finally get a king-sized, soft bed! yay! :-) China is still a cash-based society, so we need to have the furniture balance in cash when it is delivered. It is about 13,000 RMB. The largest bill is 100 RMB, and you can only withdraw 2,000 RMB from an ATM. It is like having to pay for something in $20s. Since the rainy season just started, the stain on the office furniture isn’t drying as quickly as usual so we have to wait until next week to get that delivered. Or at least that is what the company told Judy!

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