• holiday

    The Pacific Northwest: The best place on earth (+ bear sighting!)

    by  • August 9, 2009 • anniversary, British Columbia, Canada, food, friends, photography, Seattle, summer, vacation, Vancouver, wedding • 1 Comment

    posted by Sarah Last week, we took a trip to Vancouver to scout out an apartment (which we found and want YOU to come visit us) and had some fun and diverting events along the way. About an hour after setting off, a tire blew out on the freeway. Joel got his first “real life” […]

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    Portland trip

    by  • August 2, 2009 • friends, Oregon, Portland, summer, vacation, wine • 0 Comments

    posted by Sarah About 2 weeks ago, we had the opportunity to explore Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country, and also catch up with some old friends from college in Portland. It was a great vacation and reunion! We stayed at this B&B in Newberg, a beautifully preserved/restored craftsman style house with an excellent breakfast. We […]

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    5 weeks left

    by  • May 29, 2009 • travel, vacation • 0 Comments

    posted by Sarah So we have recently switched to posting on our blogs via email, because the Great Firewall has inconveniently blocked blogging sites in preparation for the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. More on that later… Today, however, I'll post a little about the Duan Wu Festival – literally meaning the summer […]

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    Nanjing in 48 hours

    by  • April 28, 2009 • China, vacation • 1 Comment

    posted by SarahSince we had a three day weekend last week (Joel usually has to teach on Saturdays) we took advantage of the free time and spectacular spring weather to visit the city of Nanjing, perhaps best known in the US for the Nanking Massacre – which occurred at the start of WWII. Located in […]

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    Suzhou in 36 hours (差不多)

    by  • April 20, 2009 • China, vacation • 0 Comments

    posted by Sarah We have often heard about Suzhou, because it’s linked to Hanzhou in an old saying: “上有天堂,下有蘇杭” which translates as: “Above is heaven, below is Su-Hang (the cities of Suzhou & Hangzhou).” We decided to take a weekend trip to the city whose legendary beauty is matched only by our own Hangzhou. The […]

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    Happy Easter

    by  • April 12, 2009 • art, Easter, Spring • 1 Comment

    posted by Sarah He is risen indeed. Now I can watch movies again. Also, I got a digital tablet recently which I’m using for my loads of Chinese homework (Windows has amazing handwriting recognition capability!)… and I’m also playing around with the drawing side of it as well. Here’s my first quick drawing (inspired by […]

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    Happy 牛 Year! (a little Chinese humor)

    by  • January 1, 2009 • China, christmas, food • 1 Comment

    posted by SarahIt’s a bright sunny (and cold!) New Year’s day here in Hangzhou, and we both have the day off, half of which we have already squandered by sleeping in. Outside it’s quiet, as most people also have the day off, so normal activity is at a minimum – even our banana seller across […]

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    a short quick update.

    by  • December 8, 2008 • China, holiday, school • 0 Comments

    posted by Sarah We’ve both been quite busy lately with various projects and events. Joel just came back from a conference in Hong Kong, the subject of which is something very confusing: The International Association of World Englishes. He’s also in the middle of applying to some grad schools in the US (and one in […]

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