Monthly Archives: November 2011

A Chinese Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was further experience in the surreal given the differences in timezone and holiday practices.  In China, as you’d expect, Thanksgiving is just any other working day. So Thanksgiving can’t be celebrated on its usual Thursday, this shifts everything your used to experiencing.  The concept of syncrhony : simultaneous occurrence is a modern notion that … Continue reading »

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A Birthday Hike

Every year I like to take the morning off and hike up to the summit of Mailbox Peak. This year in China that wouldn’t be possible so I opted to take the entire day and go for a solo backpacking trip and hike to the Great Wall. This is my story. There is something surreal … Continue reading »

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A Chinese Wedding

I had the opportunity to attend a co-workers wedding this past weekend. As the boss I was asked to be a special guest and to make a small speech of congratulations. I was honored to be invited and to be asked to participate; I was also excited to see a Chinese wedding. My observations should … Continue reading »

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Best of October 2011

October during China’s Golden Week we visited Vietnam. Click through on any photo to comment or for more details. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29.

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