May 27, 2008
May 24, 2008
While in Beijing there were two things that I noticed.
One, air quality was so horrendous that looking down a city street you could see about half a block before the smog started to choke out the view. Even on a cloudless day, skies in China's capital are not distinguishable as blue. And, at night, Chinese only imagine what stars look like.
And two, on a more positive note, of all the roads and of all the places we visited in Beijing, we noticed that bikes had their own lanes. Now it might be a little late to start enforcing or encouraging bicycles in order to clean up the air for the Olympics but it is definitely not too late to start cleaning up the air for good.
So after all of this rambling my question is, are we simply standing around and judging China or are we making ourselves open to learning from China's mistakes and triumphs?
May 22, 2008
- He seemed to be enjoying whatever it was that was in his pipe. Underground passage between Tiananmen and the Forbidden City.-
May 18, 2008
-The un-restored section of The Great Wall.-
Mutianyu, the section that we visited, began in the southeast and snakes on towards the Northwest for approximately 2.25 kilometers. While most of it has been restored, the end section at the peak of the highest mountain has been virtually untouched for hundreds of years.
Wikipedia: Great Wall of China at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_great_wall
May 16, 2008
A few weeks ago I was handed the opportunity of a life time. While sitting in a Red Mango, a Korea frozen yogurt shop, one of my co-workers, Matilda and I began to talk about my parent's fast approaching trip to Seoul.
Upon learning that my parents would be visiting Beijing, China right when our school was set to have mid-terms, Matilda devised a plan to have me released from my teaching duties so that I could join them on their travels. Much to my delight early the next morning she promptly proceeded to ask the principal and vice principal if I could have the time off to voyage to China with my parents. And, by the time that noon rolled around I had a ticket to China, a visa in process, a hotel to stay in and a permanent smile on my face.
Needless to say, I was elated! What a change from last year's work schedule when we worked every Korean national holiday and some Saturdays too. I love Korean public schools and I especially love Beijing in the spring!!!!
May 12, 2008
SINGAPORE & THAILAND
We left our cool Saskatchewan climate on April 29, destination, Thailand and South Korea. Flying time to Phuket, Thailand was almost 23 hours with a night stop over in Singapore. Singapore was a beautiful city and we wished we had booked in for a couple more days.
The next leg of our journey was Seoul, South Korea to visit with Trevor and Rachel. What a huge city, but so different from what we expected. The city is a mix of old and new and everywhere you turn is something different. Even back allies are lined with little shops and different smells, some better than others.
Trevor and Rachel kept us busy with all the different attractions that the city has to offer, we weren’t sure if where we were going was for food or to a tourist place. They took us to a traditional theatre, it was amazing, and also to a performance called Jump. We went to markets, palaces, and to the down town area where there was lots of activity.
-Oddest pedicure, Dr. Fish, Seoul,-
May 9, 2008
May 1, 2008
There we were... six teachers and four bus loads of kids.
Introducing them to dirt and bugs, something they have never seen in their concrete life.
This was not a pursuit to be taken lightly as the following pictures indicate.