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    We’re raising funds for International China Concern

    by  • September 18, 2012 • family • 0 Comments

    I’ll keep this brief, because I don’t really like reading fundraising letters myself. They usually seem manipulative to me. So here goes. In the last year or so, there have been a number of stories about the death of innocent children in China, like the story of Yueyue, which I wrote about here, and several […]

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    Two More Thoughts on Sanmenxia

    by  • March 26, 2012 • family • 0 Comments

    1. I wasn’t feeling too well while we were in Sanmenxia, and we were staying in a cheap hotel with a very uncomfortable bed, so Sarah, who was increasingly pregnant, wasn’t feeling great either. Yet in a way it’s the leg of the trip I remember the most fondly. I have such deep admiration for […]

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    Xi’An [Dec 7-11]

    by  • March 26, 2012 • family • 0 Comments

    The much-neglected China travelogue continues…. I really didn’t know anything about Xi’An other than the fact that it was considered old, which by Chinese standards is really saying something. I had heard that it used to be called Chang’An, and that it was the capital of China at some point. You get used to hearing […]

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    Chengdu

    by  • December 11, 2011 • family • 0 Comments

    Chengdu may have been our favorite city on this trip so far. We’d heard while in Chongqing that it (Chengdu) was a nicer place to live, and the descriptions we’d heard of its major characteristics – slower pace of life, teahouse culture, natural beauty, excellent cuisine, etc – reminded us of some of the things […]

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    Fiery Chongqing

    by  • December 4, 2011 • family • 1 Comment

    Floating up the Yangtze to our next destination of Chongqing was a great way to experience the changing landscape of China – from our familiar flat landscape of Zhejiang Province to the steep mountainous terrain of Chongqing. The layout of the city is so steep, actually, that bikes are a rarity (and the few that […]

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    Three Gorges Cruise – Days 2/3

    by  • December 2, 2011 • family • 0 Comments

    NOTE: internet connection is still slow, though a little better, here in Chengdu. I have little patience with trying to upload photos but I’ve added a few from the cruise.   We are still experiencing things at a faster rate than I am able to write them down! I’m writing the beginning of this post […]

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    Yue Yue and Ting Ting

    by  • October 19, 2011 • family • 0 Comments

    There are two little girls on my mind tonight. Our good friends Andrew and Jess, whom we met in Eureka, and who, incredibly, later moved to my hometown of Spokane, and who, even more incredibly, we were able to meet up with in China in 2008, are about to get on an airplane to China, […]

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    New York, New York!

    by  • October 20, 2010 • fall, family, New York, travel, wedding • 0 Comments

    Wedding NY

    Back in October we had the honor to enjoy a fabulous trip to the Big Apple for Joel’s sister’s wedding (Kendal) to her beau of 6 years, Austin. It was an action-packed 4 days of Manhattan living and, since it was Joel’s first time to the city that never sleeps, we also slept a little […]

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