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Friday, October 8, 2010

Back from Beyond

Whew! I just finished up a whirlwind vacation!

At the end of September, my parents came to Shanghai to visit for about a week. I already posted some photos of our exploits, but I'm sure I'll a few more comments about that over the next few weeks.

My parents left for home just before the whole country celebrated National Day, the anniversary of the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949. It's a national holiday, so I had a few days off from work. I decided to add some of my vacation days to the company holiday, & met my friend Debra in Beijing for a week of sightseeing. Stories & photos to come.

Then Debra & I returned to Shanghai together. She stayed with me here for another week, & we trapsed around town taking photos & buying lots of souvenirs. She left this morning for Arizona. It was so nice to be able to spend some quality time with one of my favorite people.

While I was taking photos of me & Mao, you've been participating in my poll, Where Should I Go Next?  There's still time to vote, so be sure to go to my home page & look on the right-hand sidebar where you can add your own two cents.

In the meantime, I got another article published. Yay! This one's on culture shock & how to deal with it. Check it out here.

The last few weeks have been a great break from the routine, but now it's time to get back to work. I'll be posting more details from my adventures to catch you up. Stay tuned...


scott said...

I seem to have backed a losing horse--Chile! I think Chile would be a cool place, it should at least be in the running. :-) What is up with New Zealand?! They already speak English! Hmm, I guess you could teach Spanish, or for that matter, I guess they still teach English to English speakers too, don't they! Haha! Or do you have some 3rd career in mind?

Nancy Lewis said...

Of course most people in New Zealand speak English, but just like in the US, there are plenty of foreigners living in New Zealand & other English-speaking countries who want to learn English. The school I'm currently teaching for has schools in NZ. Maybe there's a job there for me :)