Monthly Archives: April 2013

Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Anthony Bourdain seems to be everywhere, not just everywhere in the world but everywhere on TV. He’s the center of ABC’s The Taste, the Travel Channel, PBS’ Mind of a Chef and now CNN’s Parts Unknown. The series premiered with … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture #2

Originally posted on Jinan Daily Photo:
Here’s how it works: 1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog anytime before the following…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

Here’s how it works: 1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme … Continue reading

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At the Art Institute of Chicago

I feel like this painting to day, light and springlike.

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30th Annual Weifang International Kite Festival

I’ve wanted to go to the Weifang International Kite Festival, but it’s always taken place during the work week. Finally, it was on a weekend. Two friends and I got train tickets, but one backed out Saturday morning as it … Continue reading

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Travel Savings for Teachers

Edbeds.com is a way for educators to save on accommodations when traveling. The website lists and describes members’ beds and rooms that welcome guests, who must be teachers, for just $49 a night. I haven’t tried this because I don’t … Continue reading

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Travel Theme: Benches

The “Where’s My Backpack?” theme this week is: Benches. If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do: Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Benches Include a link to … Continue reading

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Walking Around Da Ming Lake

Originally posted on Ruined for Life: Phoenix Edition:
This afternoon was a picture perfect spring day so I went for a walk around Da Ming Lake, a sight Jinan is particularly proud of. I went into the scholar’s home, which…

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

“A lovely face is a gift from heaven, but tiny feet can improve social standing.” Lisa See‘s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan tells the story of Lily and her “old same” or lao tang, Snow Flower. Because the two … Continue reading

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Best Western Airport Hotel, Bangkok

I had a layover in Bangkok so I decided to stay at a Best Western by the airport. Luckily, this was a great decision. The hotel shuttle was easy to find; the hotel personnel were friendly and spoke English well. … Continue reading

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